Everyone Needs a Voice

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Alvin Latham English 122 K.Doyle Essay #4 3 May 2006

Everyone needs a voice

Over the last Hundred years or so women still struggle to be heard. Even Though we have came a long way since the 1920’s certain issues still remain divided in today’s society. Charlotte Perkins Gilman “ The Yellow Wallpaper” and Susan Glaspell’s the author of the play “Trifles” are two different but similar literary works which serve as early works of the feminist idealology. Each work is different in approach yet similar

in themes. I believe we have all been devalued a time or two in our personal lives. I can empathize with each authors works and what they are meant to represent. These two literary works are based in feminist idealology. Which platform is based on society’s social divide. No matter how similar or different each work maybe their themes are still grounded in Women’s Rights. The same concerns ring clear structure, power, as well as moral and psychological issue. The structure and plot of each literary piece plays a very important role in Literary work. Susan Glaspells one- act play , Trifles is based on an actual incident in Iowa By 1899-1901 the author Susan Glaspell worked as a reporter . Glaspell covered the murder trial of a farmers wife who was accused of murdering her husband. Magaret Hossack was accused of killing her husband by striking him with a ax twice while he slept. As the trial went on the author found herself identifying with the accused. This event eventually became her inspiration to write this one act- play. This play serves as a discussion of women rights. The American Heritage dictionaries definition for women’s rights is socioeconomic, political and legal rights for women equal to those of men or a movement in support of these rights. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story is based on actual event’s also. Gilman suffered from what we now know as postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Katherine. Gilman’s landmark tale of a...
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