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Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

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“Trifles” is written by the mid-1900s feminist author Susan Glaspell. The one act play depicts the conflict surrounding the murder of John Wright and his wife’s, Minnie Wright’s, involvement in his strangulation. While this drama appears to tell the simple tale of a murder investigation, Glaspell intertwines her feminist views into the plot. The male and female characters’ investigations of John Wright’s death reveal a deeper meaning. The stark contrasts between the men and women in the story display the underlying themes Glaspell incorporates. The male and female characters of the play act as an example of the gender issues of the early 1900s that still plague society today. These differences display the gender themes of society’s gender…show more content…
The Court Attorney even points out her support as he says “Ah, loyal to your sex, I see” (Glaspell 1110). Mrs. Hale directly addresses the women’s unity as she says, “We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same thing—it’s all just a different kind of the same thing” (Glaspell 1116). As the plot progresses, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover damning evidence against Minnie Wright that prove she is the murderer. Grose highlights that while they find substantial evidence to prove her guilt, the women choose to keep the information a secret (2). The women’s interactions with the men of “Trifles” demonstrate the unity among women. Further solidifying the bond of the women are the intonation of lines, the lines, and stage directions. When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters arrive at the conclusion that Minnie Wright is the murderer, they convey their awareness in nonverbal actions. Mrs. Hale shares “She used to sing. He killed that, too” (Glaspell 1116). Mrs. Peters replies “[Moving uneasily.]” and “[With rising voice.]” (Glaspell 1116). Grose acknowledges their unspoken language. “What makes this communication even more complex and important from a gendered perspective is the added dimension of conversation and unspoken signals between Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters” (Grose 2). Grose arrives at the conclusion that their nonverbal communication links all three women together forming
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