The Women In “Trifles”. The Play “Trifles” , Written By

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The Women In “Trifles” The play “Trifles” , written by Susan Glaspell allows us to experience the gender divide in the early nineteen hundreds. While the play title gives the reader the idea that the story will be trivial or unimportant, it is anything but. The play focuses on the fact that women are considered “other” or an “object” (Beauvoir, 8). This is the complete opposite of men who are considered the “subject”, which holds immense amount of values. These two definitions are polar opposites. In the piece Second Sex, Beauvoir goes onto explain that this distinct difference between genders cause women to lose their humanity or individuality. In this world, women have no authority since they are nothing more than objects for men to…show more content…
From the beginning of the play it is obvious that our characters are vastly different levels of importance. The men gain their importance from the type of people they are. The women, on the other hand are defined by the men that they have married. The critic Beauvoir mentions in chapter five of The Second Sex that “Marriage is the reference by which the single woman is defined” (Beauvoir, 502). In society a woman only hold value based on the man that she has married. In “Trifles” all the men are addressed by their birth given first or last names. However all the women within the play are addressed by their last name given to them by marrying their husbands. Beauvoir goes onto say that marriage was supposed to be a free choice between both spouses and that the desire of marriage should be reciprocal. However, it has developed into a woman 's responsibility to marry, take her husband 's last name, stay at home and be a housewife (Beauvoir, 502). This concept is portrayed when Mrs. Hale describes Minnie before she married Mr. Wright: “I heard she used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster” (Glaspell, 984). Minnie was once her own individual who lived her life depending on what she wanted to do. However, once she married Mr. Wright she lost her individuality and became his object. When she was with her husband
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