Essay on Trifling Justice

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Move a little closer together Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, was written in 1916, reflects the author’s concern with stereotypical concepts of gender and sex roles of that time period. As the title of the play implies, the concerns of women are often considered to be nothing more than unimportant issues that have little or no value to the true work of society, which is being performed by men. The men who are in charge of investigating the crime are unable to solve the mystery through their supposed superior knowledge. Instead, two women are able decipher evidence that the men overlook because all of the clues are entrenched in household items that are familiar mainly to women during this era. Glaspell expertly uses gender…show more content…
There is no true regard on the part of the men for Mrs. Wright some of this may be observed in part of the conversation between Hale and the county attorney, when Hale states “...I said to Harry that I didn't know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John.-", and the attorney rebuts “Let's talk about that later, Mr. Hale. I do want to talk about that, but tell now just what happened when you got to the house."(1386). It is clear the men have no interest in hearing about Minnie. Glaspell creatively simplifies the setting in Trifles. The only scene is the Wright’s kitchen. The kitchen setting is critical in this drama in that this is the only place of interaction and conversation within the play. The men survey the untidiness in the kitchen and dismiss it as poor housekeeping. Meanwhile the ladies recognize and empathize with Minnie as the know the amount of work that goes into running a household and know that something had to happen for this to be left in such a state. The playwright is nearly flawless in using symbolism to highlight the plight of Minnie and women of the era. Mr. Hale declares dismissively declares, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (1387). The immediate response was “[The women move a little closer together]” (1387). As they enter the home, the women away from the men, huddled near the stove. The men easily converse as if they have previously worked together and know one another. On the
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