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Trifles By Susan Glaspell Feminist Analysis

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Ruby Sniderman
ENGL208
Oct. 1st 2017
Ruby Sniderman: Take home test #1
“Would you call Trifles a feminist play”

“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell takes place in the early nineteen hundreds, the play was loosely based off of the notorious murder of John Hossack who was murdered by his wife. “Trifles” begins with the sheriff, the county attorney and Mr. Hale followed by their wives walking into to home of Minnie Wright to investigate the murder of her husband. The men were there with the intention of finding evidence as to who murdered Mr. Wright, while the women only came along to gather things to bring to Minnie Wright. It turns out that the women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are the ones that find the critical evidence that proves Minnie Wright to be guilty, but they decide to stay loyal to their gender and not disclose the information that would make Minnie Guilty.
I am arguing that “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a feminist play, which was an uncommon topic for plays in the early nineteen hundreds. The term “feminism” was first used in the English language in the late eighteen nineties which was not long before “Trifles” was first preformed (Feminism 2017). The play exploits patriarchal oppression while simultaneously showing the ability of the females in the play. The women are referred to by their husbands last names, leaving the women with a lack of identity, which is another sign of patriarchal oppression. Glaspell begins to challenge this concept of patriarchal oppression;
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