Lack of Women Rights in Susan Glaspell´s Trifles

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (United States Congress, The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription). As you can see there is no mention of women in the declaration. Throughout history there have always been gender stereotypes and roles between men and women. People have always viewed men as the more dominant gender that have the most power and make the most money. It took a while for woman’s equalities to happened and really kick in. The one act play/story “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, illustrates the lack of woman rights in the early 1900’s and the enslavement of women by their male partners. Glaspell tells the story of a murder mystery involving a woman named Minnie Foster Wright who is being accused of murdering her husband, John Wright. Through the use of conflict, setting and symbolism, Glaspell reveals the inequalities of woman in the early 1900’s. First, Glaspell uses conflict to show the inequalities of women in the 1900’s. One conflict in the story is between the groups of investigators (The Sheriff, Hale and The County Attorney) who were there to gather clues of the murder and the woman who came to with them (Sheriffs Wife and Mrs.Hale). The men entered the house and “go at once to the stove” (8) and leave the girls standing at the entrance close together.

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