Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

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Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American-born Pulitzer Prize winning writer of both plays and fiction. Glaspell came from humble beginnings and went on to study at Drake University and the University of Chicago. Much of Glaspell 's work dealt with the relationships between men and women and the negative effects they have on women. In Glaspell 's play Trifles, it is revealed that the operations of patriarchy are just an illusion that men have created to make themselves feel superior to women. Even though, at the time of this play, all of these aspects (economic, political, social and psychological) appeared to be male-dominated because they held these roles that women were not allowed to have. Trifles was written in 1916 during the First Wave of Feminism which occurred from the late 1700 's to the early 1900 's. This First Wave of Feminism highlighted the inequalities between the sexes, as did Glaspell in her play Trifles. Within this First Wave of Feminism, the Feminist criticism concerned itself with ways that literature could influence the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women. This theory of Feminist criticism also takes a look at how aspects of our culture are inherently male dominated. In Glaspell 's Trifles, the story is pretty simple - a man, Mr. Wright, has been murdered in his bed. His wife, Mrs. Wright, or Minnie as she is referred to throughout the piece, is immediately the prime suspect as she is the only one in the home

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