Feminism : Women 's Rights On The Grounds Of Political, Social, And Economic Equality

897 Words Feb 8th, 2015 4 Pages
In the play Trifles, feminism is portrayed by the female characters in the book as well as the male characters. Feminism is defined as: the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men (“Feminism”). The female characters are represented in a way that highlights the best characteristics of females, which in turn gives the reader or viewer a strong sense of feminism. The male characters in the book such as: the police officers and the husband show males in a way that is not favoured by anyone. The play was written in the early 1900’s and it resembled the hardships that females had to face at that time. For example women were discriminated in all aspects of life and treated as lower class citizens. This play is still popular with the female population because some women feel they can still relate to these hardships. Susan Glaspell exhibits feminism through the qualities of men and women, hardships that women face, as well as the intuition of women. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of women in the book are virtuous compared to that portrayed by the men. The women are shown to be intelligent, hardworking and observant whereas, the men are represented in a way that is not valued in society. They are shown to be arrogant, stubborn and stupid, which is why they did not solve the murder and the women did. Judith Kay Russell inputs on this situation, “Glaspell reminds her audience that it still takes three women to equal one man. That…
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