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What Is The Theme Of Gender In Trifles By Susan Glaspell

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“[She is] not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?” asks the County Attorney reference to the mess Mrs. Wright left on the kitchen counter. Mrs. Hale, the neighbor of the Wrights, coldly responds that “there is a great deal of work do be done on a farm” (Glaspell 775). Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a one act play focused on Mrs. Wright, a character that never actually makes an appearance, though all the discussion in the play is surrounding her. The small section of dialogue mentioned above is a prime and subtle example that is shown early on in the play of the tension between the male and female characters, as Mrs. Hale was so quick to defend the woman who is an active suspect in her husband’s murder case. The County Attorney even comments shortly after in reply to Mrs. Hale that she is apparently loyal to her sex, thus further proving the distinct divide of the genders. There is great dissension experienced between the two women and the three men that are active characters as well as between Mrs. Wright and her husband, and it is this deeply ingrained conflict shown between genders that powers the play. Though the reader never encounters them directly, it is through the unseen characters, Mr. and Mrs. Wright, the aftermath of coercive violence is conveyed. All of the character's main objective in the play is to find some evidence of who killed Mr. Wright. Specifically speaking, the men are looking to find evidence to prove Mrs. Wright is guilty. Mrs. Peters, who is
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