Trifles Analysis

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"Trifles" is a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell, a woman who was born in 1876. She wrote Trifles based on her own experiences and observations as a woman. The play takes place in an empty farmhouse in the state of Iowa in 1916 and presents a murder enigma involving John Wright, the victim, and Mrs. Wright, his wife. In Trifles, Glaspell made women the main characters of the society. During the development of the play, we can see that the author wants to show how gender roles were divided and defined in society during the 1900s. Trifles also shows the repressive and harsh power that men had over women and how the self-confidence that men had in their selves didn't allow them to see important 'trifles' in women. I personally see Mrs. Wright's murder act as feminine revolt act against men. Also, the way Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale find the evidence could represent the same theme. At the end of the play, Glaspell superintend to shape the real importance of 'trifles' and women in society that has been ignored over the history since, traditionally, women were viewed as the 'weaker sex.'
The play focuses on Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Wright is the first suspect on her husband murder crime. Mrs. Wright, actually, never made an appearance on Trifles, but the readers can get to know 'little trifles' about her life thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Peters, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale, who were the ones narrating Mrs. Wright's life experiences throughout the play. Throughout the

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