Trifles by Susan Glaspell

604 Words Jan 26th, 2018 2 Pages
The play is loosely based on the true event of the murder of John Hossack which Glaspell reported on while working as a news journalist in Iowa. Years later, she used her experiences and observations to create the play. "Trifles" is about solving the murder case of farmer John Wright. While Mr. Wright was asleep in the night, someone put a rope around his neck. The most likely suspect is his wife, Mrs. Wright/Minnie Foster. Susan Glaspell shows in the play how women are seen as inferior and how men and women act and think differently. For one thing, the title reinforces the theme and understanding the play better. The title suggests, the concerns of women are often considered to be trifles, insignificant or superficial to society, which is dominated by men. Glaspell challenges the value of men’s and women’s perspectives and work by having a drama filled situation that unfolds through the development of one male narrative and one female narrative. Holstein argues that the two narratives are built upon "two models of perception and behavior. An exploration of the play reveals a fundamental difference between the women's actions and the men's, a difference grounded in varying understandings of the home space" (Holstein). In the play, the county attorney George Henderson, the sheriff Henry Peters, and a…

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