Problem plays emerged in the 19th century during the realism movement with the art community. Henrik Ibsen is a considerable author of social drama, because of his driven ideas and creative thinking on real issues in the world. Ibsen expresses major personal, social, professional, and political problems within his plays that involve conflicts and tensions. Problem plays paved the way for others authors such as Susan Glaspell and Eugene O’Neil to create problem plays. Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, Eugene O’Neil’s Before breakfast, and Henrik Ibsen’s A Dollhouse are all problem plays that express internal and external conflicts, entangled struggles, and corruption.
Beneath every good situation, are some form of internal and external conflicts.…show more content… Women empowerment is cast through Mrs. Hale decision to keep the evidence from the men, that way the court would not have anything to sentence her with. “I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be ̶ for women. I tell you, it’s queer, Mrs. Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things-it’s all just a different kind of the same thing” (Glaspell 725). In the event of Mrs. Wright killing her husband, the murder set her free mentally.
Similar to Trifles, O’Neill’s Before Breakfast expresses the entangled struggles that Women and Men go through, and how tragedy strikes. O’Neill intentionally places the plot straightforward having Mrs. Rowland communicating with her husband who is not on stage is brilliant because he gives an entangled marriage and the conflicts that Mrs. Rowland faces. Scenes 1 through 4, Mrs. Rowland is trying to wake her husband up but he is not making a sound, she sneaks to take a drink of alcohol and she does not want Mr. Rowland to know that she is drinking. Scene 5 Mr. Rowland beings to insult his manhood by saying, “We haven’t even got any way of telling the time since you pawned your watch like a fool. The last valuable thing we had, and you knew it. It’s been nothing but pawn, pawn, pawn, with you-anything to put off getting a job, anything to get out of going to work like a man” (O’Neill 730). “Did you cut yourself again? Serves you right” (O’Neill 734). In the