Trifles, By Susan Glaspell Essay

1370 Words Apr 17th, 2016 6 Pages
The amount of men treating women unequally hit its peak in the 1900s. All women endured oppression, however, wives encountered the harshest forms of oppression. More specifically, husbands expected their wives to remain home and tend to household duties. The men demanded that their wives cook, clean, and tend to all their needs. If the wives did not obey by these demands, their husbands verbally and physically abused them. Husbands got away with abusing their wives because, in the eyes of the patriarchal society, every problem was always the women’s fault. The play, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, highlights some of the preeminent inequalities between husbands and wives. The title, Trifles, foreshadows that an uprising, led by the women, will occur. According to the Merriam-Webster website, the definition of a “trifle” is, “something that does not have much value or importance.” Furthermore, the title allows us to infer that the play is going to deal with women being seen as frivolous and irrelevant. Trifles is about men and women investigating the death of Minnie Wright’s husband, John Wright. Three men investigate the murder, while two women investigate the kitchen. The men believe that Minnie Wright did not kill her husband. However, the women have a very different outlook on the investigation. In Trifles, Glaspell highlights inequalities between the two sexes during the 1900s. As the female characters gather clues to help them understand the murder, they slowly gather the…

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