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Trifles In Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Author of Trifles Susan Glaspell said, “Whether Margaret Hossack or Minnie Wright committed murder is moot; what is incontrovertible is the brutality of their lives, the lack of options they had to redress grievances or to escape abusive husbands, and the complete disregard of their plight by the courts and by society. Instead of arguing their innocence, Glaspell concretizes the conditions under which these women live and the circumstances that might cause them to kill.” (Ben-Zvi 38). Glaspell accurately displays this throughout her short story “A Jury of Her Peers” and her drama “Trifles.” She represents the gender differences during the early 1900s by showing the assumptions that men make about women and how women are isolated by these assumptions.
The first assumption that the men make about the women is that they worry over “trifles,” which is where the name of the drama comes from. While the men regard the things like the fruit preserves, the dirty towel, and how Mrs. Wright was making her quilt as just trifles the women do not see them like that (Glaspell). For the women, these little things are what they live for. It is their job to keep the house, work the farm some, and make the food. Quilting also provided a decent past time to do in-between your work. So these little things, which the men see as too insignificant to acknowledge, play a big part in the lives of women like Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale, and Mrs. Wright. The women saw importance these “trifles” play in Mrs.
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