Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

3309 Words Jul 28th, 2015 14 Pages
“We all go through the same things – it’s all just a different kind of the same thing” (561) is a line spoken in Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles. Writers look at the world around them and envision the way it should be. They take bits and pieces of their life’s landscape, add a liberal dose of surreal ideology and finally toss in human oppressions. To that end, the writer hopes to create a memorable character that can touch the human soul for eternity. Susan Glaspell, a writer in the early twentieth century, lived during a time when women were only briefly part of the social role and were mainly given the reproductive role which confined them to raising children and taking care of their households and husbands – husbands, always first and foremost (Mustazza 491)). From this oppressive landscape, the character of Mrs. Wright is born in Glaspell’s 1916 play Trifles. This character will be analyzed using details, such as character interactions, the title, setting, and numerous symbols to understand Mrs. Wright’s transformation from a vibrant beautiful young woman into a lonely, unhappy, isolated, abused and mentally fractured murderer. Glaspell supplies numerous subtle clues and hints through the interactions between the women and men in the play. The most obvious is Mrs. Wright’s name. Glaspell intends a "Pun on the surname marking her [Mrs. Wright 's] lack of 'rights, ' and implying her 'right ' to free herself against the societally sanctioned 'right ' of her husband…
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