"Trifles By Susan Glaspell" Essays and Research Papers

  • Trifles By Susan Glaspell

    Trifles Sharen Dever South University Online Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, explores the fact that women pay attention to the little things that may lead to the solution of a bigger problem. Why do women pay attention to the little things? Could it be because the attention to detail is the starting point to solving the bigger problem? Let’s think of the ‘little things’ like pieces of a puzzle. When all the little pieces are put together, they usually form a picture; therefore you...

    American novelists, Anxiety, Coco 889  Words | 3  Pages

  • Essay on "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell

    September 2014 Trifles “There’s a great deal of work to be done on a farm” (1389), Mrs. Hale stiffly replies to the Court Attorney’s trite comment about the untidy appearance of Mrs. Wright’s house. Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, was a play written for the Cape Cod Provincetown Players in 1916. Glaspell exposes sexism during this time period. Her play would later become the benchmark of the feminist movement and give her a reputation as a writer sensitive to these issues. Glaspell characterizes social...

    Feminism, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender 795  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell

    Trifles by Susan Glaspell Literary devices used in the ‘ Trifles’ Symbolism - to express meaning indirectly. Example: An undone quilt Though the women are laughed at when they are discussing if Mrs Wright is going to quilt it or knot it, this really shows the reader what marriages were like at the beginning of the 1900s. Men see women as tedious and uninterested in the affairs of "important matters concerning men only", and the fact that the women are the ones who found the actual evidence...

    Anxiety, Birdcage, Cage 914  Words | 17  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell

    Analytical Essay on Drama Trifles by Susan Glaspell Heidi Barnard South University Trifles’ By Susan Glaspell I believe had several small defining moments leading to the one larger defining moment, which brings together all of them together. The defining moment is the discovery of the dead bird hidden in the pretty red box, this leads back to smaller points such as her sewing and the bird cage. “ Here’s some red. I expect this has got sewing things in it. (Brings out a fancy box.) What a...

    A Story, Cage, Susan Glaspell 1158  Words | 3  Pages

  • Glaspell and "Trifles"

    Glaspell & “Trifles” Those who are oppressed seek expression; those who are trapped seek freedom. The human spirit rebels against dominance, propelling those affected into action. The short dramatic play, “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, showcases the oppression of American women by a male-dominated society during the late 1800s. As the title of the play suggests, the concerns of women are often considered to be mere trifles, unimportant issues that bear little or no importance to the true work...

    Frank Lloyd Wright, Hale Woodruff, Susan Glaspell 1345  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell: Staging of a Scene

    I will be staging a scene from a play entitled “Trifles,” written by Susan Glaspell, where two women partake in a dialogue after their husbands have left the room. In the opening scene, Susan Glaspell introduces the main characters who are, the county attorney named George Henderson, the sheriff named Henry Peters, Mrs. Peters who is the wife of the sheriff, Mrs. Wright who is the wife of a murdered husband, and Mrs. Wright’s neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The scene that I will be focusing on takes...

    Bread, Constable, Facial expression 1468  Words | 4  Pages

  • Susan Glaspell's "Trifles"

    Susan Glaspell’s 1916 play titled “Trifles” uses many elements of drama such as, diction and spectacle through the actions of the two women as they rummage through a unusually messy kitchen to develop complexity and hold the attention of the audience until the very end. Glaspell uses irony and common misconceptions to convey her powerful message “Trifles” is also a play that reflects a clear notion of gender and sex roles. Glaspell, a feminist writer, writes plays that are known for their development...

    Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender, Gender role 1469  Words | 4  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell: An Investigation of The Murder of John Wright

    The short story Trifles written by Susan Glaspell is a story regarding the investigation of the murder of John Wright by his wife, Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale is the wife of Mr. Hale, one of the men investigating the murder, and the neighbor of the Wrights. While the men investigate around the farmhouse looking for clues to prove Mrs. Wright was guilty, Mrs. Hale is downstairs with Mrs. Peters discovering their own evidence in the mishaps of Mrs. Wrights cleaning and sewing. Mrs. Hale begins to reminisce...

    Maslow's hierarchy of needs 896  Words | 3  Pages

  • Women’s Suffrage in the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell

    Essay 3: Women’s Suffrage in the play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspell was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and although her fame was due primarily to her skill in writing, today she is recognized as a pioneering feminist writer. Her one-act play, “Trifles”, is frequently cited as one of the greatest works of American theater. Written in 1916, it takes place during the height of the Women’s Rights movement, just 4 years before the 19th Amendment is signed into law, granting...

    A Good Thing, Frank Lloyd Wright, Irony 2019  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles

     Hailey Ringold Dr. Kelley English 1020 18/ 07/ 23 Susan Glaspell raises awareness to many controversial topics and through symbolism in her play, “Trifles” in the early 1900s. The opening of the one-act play starts by introducing the characters that are; the young and arrogant County Attorney named George Henderson, Henry Peters who is the sheriff along with his wife, as well as neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The three men immediately walk into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wright, while the...

    A Jury of Her Peers, Anxiety, Black-and-white films 1784  Words | 5  Pages

  • Trifles

    Review of “TriflesSusan Glaspell play, “Trifles”, revolves around Mrs. Wright, a woman who seeks revenge on her husband for oppressing her through their years of marriage. During the time of Glaspell’s play, early 1900’s, men are the dominant figures in society and women are expected to cook, clean, raise children and care for their husbands. Glaspell’s play, “Trifles”, main goal is portraying a theme of women being oppressed through marriage by the use of symbolism through a canary and a bird...

    Gender, Husband, Marriage 974  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Use of Symbols in Susan Glaspell’s Play Trifles

    that to them. To be specific, society in that time took the women’s right away from them; they cannot be what they want to be. However, in this Era, there were many writers, who wrote about this issue. On July 1, 1876, in Davenport, Iowa Susan Glaspell was born. Susan was one of those writers that women’s inferiority in society bothered her. She wrote several literary works which are strongly feminist and discusses the roles that women forced to play in society and the relationships between men and...

    Chair, Character, Provincetown Players 1412  Words | 4  Pages

  • Background on Trifles by Susan Glaspell

    Susan Glaspell’s one-act play, Trifles, is based on actual events that occurred in Iowa at the turn of the century. From 1899-1901 Glaspell worked as a reporter for the Des Moines News, where she covered the murder trial of a farmer’s wife, Margaret Hossack, in Indianola, Iowa. Hossack was accused of killing her husband, John, by striking him twice in the head with an ax while he slept. Initially it was assumed that burglars had murdered the farmer, but a subsequent sheriff’s investigation turned...

    Eugene O'Neill, Gender, Life imprisonment 363  Words | 2  Pages

  • Susan Glaspells Trifles Analysis

    English Comp. II 1 November 2011 Trifles Analysis Susan Glaspell wrote the play Trifles in 1916. The play/story emulates the author’s thoughts on discrepancies concerning preconceived notions of gender. According to Dictionary.com the exact definition of trifle is “Something of little importance or value”. The title of the play suggests that the concerns of women are too often considered minute and negligible affairs, irrelevant to a male dominant society. The issue in question is the circumstantial...

    Female, Gender, Gender role 418  Words | 2  Pages

  • Understanding Feminism in Susan Glaspell's Trifles

    Paper May 8th, 2012 Understanding Feminism in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Susan Glaspell lived during a time where women’s rights were not fully acknowledged. The oppression of women during this time stretched to the point that they were not truly acknowledged as their own person. They were to be seen and not heard so to speak. Their sole purpose was to take care of their families by keeping house and performing their caretaker duties. Glaspell even demonstrates in her story that the women in...

    Essay, Gender, Husband 1577  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Negative and Destructive Effects of Male-Female Relationships Portrayed in the Writings of Susan Glaspell

    Destructive Effects of Male-Female Relationships Portrayed in the Writings of Susan Glaspell Susan Glaspell, born in 1882 in Iowa, is a name commonly unknown amongst the popular group; however, it is a name that was once very popular and now it has become virtually forgotten. Many feminist critics including Linda Ben-Zvi have taken up the role of bringing Glaspell’s work back into the main stream. Over the career of Glaspell, she wrote nine novels, more than fifty short stories, and published fourteen...

    Anxiety, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender 2308  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell

    apparent in Trifles by Susan Glaspell, where symbolism is vital to telling her story. Without thought one can deduce that the canary is a primary focus of the symbolism in the story however the empty cage is equally if not more important to the thought process of Mrs. Wright Lets not forget the condition of her kitchen and Mrs. Wrights concern of her preserves. During the turn of the 19th century, the role and importance of women was quite different then is today. Susan Glaspell makes the...

    19th century, Cage, Cherry 729  Words | 2  Pages

  • Susan Glaspell Trifles Minnie's Demise

    Susan Glaspell Trifles Minnie Demise Amy McDermitt South University Online   Susan Glaspell Trifles Minnie’s Demise Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a play about a murder case that uses symbolism to help end it. The Psychoanalytical perspective is found throughout the play to reveal the influence of the subconscious and conscious in the use of symbolism, points of view, character development, setting, conflict, language, and the text plot (South University Online, 2010, para.3). A psychoanalysis...

    A Jury of Her Peers, Patrick Stump, Susan Glaspell 694  Words | 2  Pages

  • Summary of Trifles By Susan Glaspell

     ANALYSIS OF TRIFLES ANALYSIS OF TRIFLES Susan Glaspell, wanted to represent the woman from 1916 that were forgotten by society. In Trifles the characters were represented from real people in her life in the countryside involved in a murder case. However, Trifles is a one-act drama that focuses on the individual hardships the women face during that time. The description of the lives the women live as well as their individual struggles emphasizes the importance of women’s...

    Capital punishment, Gender, Homicide 702  Words | 2  Pages

  • Analysis Role of the Women in Susan Glaspell

    Women in Susan Glaspell’ play “ Trifles” By Deby Valentina 1. Background In drama, character refers to a textual representation of a human being (or occasionally another creature). Character development is the key element in a story's creation. The story's protagonist is the central agent in generating its plot, and this individual can embody the story's theme. Characters can be either round or flat, depending on their level of development and the extent to which they change. Susan Glaspell in Trifles...

    American plays, Character, Frank Lloyd Wright 2275  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles

    Tymeria Franklin Written Comp. Chris Bailey 4 April 2014 In the play “Trifles”, the police are investigating the scene. Lewis Hale tells how he discovered Mrs. Wright was acting weird when she told him that her husband was murdered while she was sleeping. Although a gun had been in the house, Mrs. Wright had been strangled with a rope. While the men are investigating upstairs, the women discover an empty birdcage and eventually finds the dead bird in a box in Mrs. Wright’s sewing basket while...

    Female, Gender, Husband 1772  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles and Mr. Hale

    Analysis of Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”             The scene of Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” is set in a gloomy, unkempt, and now abandoned farm house. The town sheriff, the county attorney, and Mr. Hale along with the sheriff’s wife and Mrs. Hale, a neighbor, enter through the kitchen. The men are there to investigate the death of the owner, Mr. Wright. The women have come along to gather some things to take to Mrs. Wright who is in jail for the murder of her husband. Susan Glaspell ties the use...

    Anxiety, Constable, Coroner 1366  Words | 4  Pages

  • Essay on the Play Trifles

    Essay on the Play Trifles Introduction In Susan Glaspell's, "Trifles," symbolism is used to emphasize the meaning of the play. Glaspell writes of a woman who murdered her husband because he was to blame for her cold and lonely life [1]. Susan Glaspell wrote Trifles in 1916, basing this brief, one-act play on the murder of the sixty-year-old John Hossack, which she had covered extensively during her stint as a journalist with the Des Moines Daily News after her graduation from Drake University...

    Gender, Marriage, Murder 1729  Words | 6  Pages

  • Trifles: Gender and Mrs. Wright

    Analysis of the women image in Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” According to the feminism critical school (Feminist critical Theory) Introduction "Feminist criticism is concerned with the ways in which literature reinforce or undermine the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women" (1). This school of theory studies how parts of our culture are dominated by males. Much of feminist theory also focuses on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women's interests...

    Feminism, Gender, Gender role 1396  Words | 4  Pages

  • Feminist Symbolism in Glaspell's "Trifles"

    Feminist Symbolism in Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" Have you ever wondered; just how much can one person take from another? What amount of cruelty and abuse persuades the fury in a typically passive person to leap into aggressive action? Susan Glaspell's play Trifles shows us just how far one woman, Mrs. Wright, is pushed before she snaps. This is a classic tale of spousal abuse, based off of a true story, which was not too uncommon and almost expected back in the late nineteenth century. Back...

    Domestic violence, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender 1700  Words | 5  Pages

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell: An Analysis

    The word trifles means a thing of little meaning or value according to the free online dictionary. In the play we see a lot of trifles; to me these trifles are the material things that pretty much helped solve the case in the play, for example; the mess in the kitchen, the dirty towels and the fruit. Mrs. Peter (to the other woman): oh, her fruit; it did freeze. (To the lawyer.) She worried about that when it turned so cold. She said the fire’d go out and her jars would break. Sheriff (rises): well...

    Anxiety, Sheriff, Talk radio 654  Words | 2  Pages

  • Male Elitism and the Opposition of the Natural and Godly: Analysis of Nathaniel Hawthorne's the Birthmark and Susan Glaspells Trifles

    Natural and Godly         At first glance, Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birthmark" and Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" hardly seem even remotely similar, and do not relate to each other.  "The Birthmark" chronicles Aylmer, a skilled alchemist and new husband, and his fascination with beauty and science as it turns to a morbid obsession which ultimately takes the life of his kind and beautiful wife Georgiana.  "Trifles" is a passive mystery that relates the murder of John Wright by his wife Minnie in an...

    Female, Gender, Gender role 1599  Words | 5  Pages

  • Literature Phase 4 IP Trifles

    Trifles” A Susan Glaspell Play Jeanette Oglesby Literature 201-1501B-02 Phase 4 Individual Project Professor Susan-Marie Balding Colorado Technical University Online “Trifles” A Susan Glaspell Play...

    Anxiety, Drama, Husband 1573  Words | 7  Pages

  • Trifles Plot

    The play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell is a murder mystery. Critic "Gary A. Richardson says that in Trifles, Glaspell developed a new structure for her action." (Kirszner and Mandell 1121) Richardson claims that "Trifles is carefully crafted to match Glaspell's subject matter- the action meanders, without a clearly delineated beginning, middle, or end.." (qtd. in Kirszner and Mandell 1121) Upon closer inspect we can clearly see that Glaspell does indeed have a beginning, middle and end, and the action...

    Climax, Dramatic structure, Narratology 881  Words | 3  Pages

  • Psychoanalysis of Trifles

    Psychoanalysis of Trifles A.Wilson South University Online In the short play Trifles by Susan Glaspell there is a deeper way of evaluating characters and symbols within the story. The Character I will attempt to evaluate will be Mrs. Wright. I will evaluate Mrs. Wright using a psychoanalysis, meaning I will probe deep within Mrs. Wright’s mind and feelings to reveal some things to you that you may not have noticed by just reading the story, or using your naked eye. I will be attempting to show...

    A Jury of Her Peers, Depression, KILL 988  Words | 3  Pages

  • Inequality in Trifles

    The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell takes place in a bleak, untidy kitchen of a farmhouse. Farmer John Wright has been murdered and his wife, Minnie Wright, is taken into custody as a suspect to his murder. Sheriff Peters and County Attorney George Henderson pride themselves on their powers of detection and logical reasoning. They begin searching through the house trying to find any sort of evidence. But it is the two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who discover the trifles in which is the key...

    Anxiety, English-language films, Frank Lloyd Wright 1108  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles Paper Word

    cannot be ignored or misunderstood. In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, the very title of the work suggest that it will be brimming with symbolism (Alkalay-Gut). The term “trifles” refers to the minute aspects of life that are often times considered to be unimportant. In Glaspell’s Trifles, even the most minuscule detail can symbolize an aspect of substantial importance in the story (Alkalay-Gut). Symbolism is widely recognized in Trifles, but perhaps the most prominent example being...

    Life, Marriage, Murder 1026  Words | 5  Pages

  • "Trifles" and "A Jury of Her Peers" Susan Glaspell

    "Trifles" and "A Jury of Her Peers" Susan Glaspell The “Trifles” and “A Jury Of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell are very similar in the way that they both have got the same basic plot . However , one of them that is the trifles is a play and the other one is a short narrative story. According to me the story was easier to read and more clear to the reader as to how the various events were taking place but the play was difficult to understand as it was open ended it was made not very clear and also...

    Academy Award for Best Actress, Frank Lloyd Wright, Narrative 761  Words | 2  Pages

  • Trifles Analysis

    work of literature. Author Susan Glaspell is no exception to this rule. She uses her own dramatic technique in order to discuss the politics of gender, the unnoticed and repressed value of the role of women, the social and gender conventions in a male dominant society, freedom of speech, and the belief in woman's rights. The technique she uses is the impact of being invisible. The use of one invisible character serves well to this purpose in one of Glaspell's plays, Trifles. The invisible heroine controls...

    Character, Drama, Gender 1273  Words | 3  Pages

  • Notes on the play "Trifles"

    Karen Alkalay-Gut, in "Jury of Her Peers: The Importance of Trifles," also finds the gulf between male and female perceptions of judgment to be central to the play. Alkalay-Gut believes that the unfolding evidence not only unites the women, but highlights the division between "woman's concept of justice," which entails "social" and "individual influences, together with the details that shaped the specific act," and "[t]he prevailing law [which] is general, and therefore . . . inapplicable to the...

    Female, Gender, Gender role 1780  Words | 5  Pages

  • Trifles: Murder and Mrs. Wright

    Trifles Defense Critic Essay A critic once said, “Trifles is a lousy play. By the third page we know who dun it, so there isn’t much reason to sit through the rest of the play.” This statement is a closed minded opinion. Susan Glaspell, the author of “Trifles”, does depict the murderer in this detective story but leaves the audience sitting in question of the motive for the mariticide. The play “Trifles” is an interesting and a great play because it offers questionable motives, the truth of the...

    Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender, Life imprisonment 1001  Words | 3  Pages

  • Literary Analysis of "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell

    "A Jury of Her Peers" was originally written by Susan Glaspell as a play entitled Trifles. She wrote the play in 1916, and a year later she rewrote it as a short story. Glaspell was inspired to write the story while covering a murder investigation when she worked as a journalist for the Des Moines Daily News (qtd. in Annenberg). The theme of the story, the way men view the stereotypical role of women and the isolation created by society because of that view, is revealed as the other women try to...

    Black-and-white films, Gender, Gender role 1496  Words | 4  Pages

  • A Jury of Her Peers vs Trifles

     Christine Pena Prof. Compton ENG 102 28 April 2014 Comparative Analysis: Trifles vs. A Jury of Her Peers During the 1900s, women are basically downgraded by men who does not understand the hard work that the women does in their everyday chores. Susan Glaspell, author of Trifles and Jury of Her Peers, highlighted the portrayal of men’s superiority over women in both of her works. She was the journalist who covered the John Hossack murder case which are the bases of both the short story and...

    Drama, Fiction, Frank Lloyd Wright 1189  Words | 5  Pages

  • Anayltic Essay on Trifles

    Analytic Essay on “Trifles” “Trifles” is a play written by Susan Glaspell. In this play the nameTrifles” came from her view of how women were profiled. She uses many symbols that give her audience the unspoken information. Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” is based on a true story. It is about a women that was once full of life and joy. She sang in the choir at church and was well liked. Helps us understand her views. Play writer Susan Glaspell uses many symbols in “Trifle” that helps the audience...

    Anxiety, Audience, Choir 912  Words | 3  Pages

  • Protagonist in Trifles

    The controversial question that ambles, then gains every readers eye and eventually turns into a debate when reading Susan Glaspell’s one act play, Trifles, is who is the protagonist? There are seven characters in Trifles and only one of them is the protagonist. One might argue that Mrs. Peters or Mrs. Hale is the protagonist because of the disclosure of their feelings and their constant dialogue about Mr. Wright, who is dead, and Mrs. Wright, who is now in jail for murdering her husband. No, there...

    Antagonist, Character, Marriage 1005  Words | 3  Pages

  • Susan Glaspell's Trifles Men vs. Women

    Susan Glaspell’s one-act play, Trifles, weaves a tale of an intriguing murder investigation to determine who did it. Mrs. Wright is suspected of strangling her husband to death. During the investigation the sheriff and squad of detectives are clueless and unable to find any evidence or motive to directly tie Mrs. Wright to the murder. They are baffled as to how he was strangled by a rope while they were supposedly asleep side by side. Glaspell artfully explores gender differences between men and...

    Difference, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gender 875  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Use of Symbolism in Susan Glaspell's a Jury of Her Peer

    ESSAY SAMPLE ON "THE USE OF SYMBOLISM IN SUSAN GLASPELL'S A JURY OF HER PEER" Susan Glaspell's short story, A Jury of Her Peers, was written long before the modern women's movement began, yet her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of symbolism, the role that women are expected to play in society. Glaspell illustrates how this highly stereotypical role can create oppression for women and also bring harm to men as well. Character names are very important in A Jury of her Peers. The two characters...

    Chair, Fiction, Gender role 930  Words | 3  Pages

  • "Trifles" - The Conflict of Gender

    Martino Professor Bruemmer English II 14 December 2013 Trifles: The Conflict of Gender Throughout history women have always been fighting for equality. As if their existence held very little value in society, more so in the past than today. It was obvious during the turn of the 20th century men maintained dominance over women, in fact they would use their superiority to maintain their inferiority. A word that comes to mind, Trifles. A word referring to something considered to be small, holding...

    Gender, Hale Woodruff, Murder 2039  Words | 7  Pages

  • Trifles Essay

    abandoned, with no suspects in mind. The play, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, portrays just one of those murders; the suspect not obvious to the reader at first, but in the end, the play is considered solved to some and unsolved by others. There are several detectives involved in this case, some more unconventional than others. This play tells the reader that the small things are important by how women become trifles, trifles become evidence and trifles contribute to the conclusion of the play. In this...

    Frank Lloyd Wright, Murder, Quilting 926  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles- Battle of the Sexes

    men’s (Holstein). Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” is a sensitive psychological portrait of society where women’s struggle to connect with each other impedes their ability to achieve equal social footing with men (Kastleman). The protagonists are bound together through empathy that they have to keep at bay during the investigation but yet also calls attention to the gaps in understanding and equality that persist for women today (Kastleman). The title of Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” is used in different...

    American plays, Black-and-white films, Frank Lloyd Wright 1900  Words | 5  Pages

  • Trifles Paper

    Victoria R Mrs. Moore English 102 16 June 2013 Trifling Murder or Vicious Slaughter? Trifles, by Susan Glaspell is a well-known play throughout the English community. It is a suspenseful murder mystery that pulls citizens of a town together to try and seek justice after a homicide has occurred. This play begins with the audience learning that John Wright, a humble farmer, has been killed while he was asleep. His wife, Minnie Wright, has a very strange way of handling this grief and becomes...

    English-language films, Homicide, Joseph Cotten 1134  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles Film Adaptation Essay

    Film Adaptation Analysis of Trifles Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a play about a murder mystery that is loosely based on an actual murder case that the author covered while working as a reporter for the Des Moines Daily News (Ben-Zvi 143). Since the play is written in 1916, a time when the boundaries between the private and public spheres are beginning to break down, it strongly reflects on the culture-bound notions of sex roles and gender. Back then, women are thought to be concerned about insignificant...

    Character, Gender, Gender role 905  Words | 3  Pages

  • "Trifles" and the American Experience

    Trifles” and the American Experience Brian J. Moye English 202 Anne Marie Fowler April 15, 2013 “Trifles” and the American Experience Susan Glaspell’s one-act play “Trifles” was written in 1916. It was written based on real events. When Glaspell was a reporter, she covered a murder case in a small town in Iowa. Later, she wrote this short play which was inspired by her investigation and what she observed. Glaspell used irony, symbolism, and setting in her creation of the authentic American...

    Agatha Christie, Black-and-white films, Emotion 2929  Words | 7  Pages

  • Comparison of the Plays "Trifles" and "Fences".

    BETWEEN THE FENCES AND TRIFLES PLAY “Trifles”, is an acclaimed play by Susan Glaspell which has been studied widely in theatre. The play was first shown in 1916.The play is acknowledged as one of the earliest feminist dramas and as an engrossing and compelling story. The play is about two women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters who slowly unravel the cause of a gruesome murder, as the men are blinded by lack of sensitivity and their ignorance. The women take a deep look into the “trifles” of the suspect in...

    African American, Character, Discrimination 982  Words | 3  Pages

  • Absent Character in Susan Glaspell

    University of Sarajevo Faculty of Philosophy Sarajevo English Department Introduction to Contemporary American Drama Essay: The Role of the Absent Character in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles & Inheritors Student: Huanita Prlja Instructor: Ifeta Čirić – Fazlija, M.A. Sarajevo, 10th April 2012 Contents I Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

    American plays, Henry James, Inheritor 2800  Words | 9  Pages

  • Trifles: Woman and Mrs. Peters

    English 113 (I Question of Quilt or Knot Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles is based on the culture of the 1916s when men were dominant and the women were merely trifles and were given no status in the society. Trifles is a one-act play showing the deception of a woman, who rejects her husband’s dominance to the extent of committing murder. The very name, Trifles, depicts that it would be a deceptive play, where something extremely wrong is expected to...

    20th century, Black-and-white films, Husband 1528  Words | 5  Pages

  • Trifles Review

    Trifles” by Susan Glaspell observes the different reactions characters have due to a murder case. Each of the characters emotions are captivated within the dialog and fundamentally an understanding of the state of mind that lies beneath the scene. The play explains the psyche of the suspect who feels justified due to their past experiences, the sympathy shown from a friend who wasn’t always there, the difference in thought process amongst genders, and the empathetic struggle between law and justice...

    A Good Thing, Following, Knowledge 1515  Words | 4  Pages

  • Symbolism of Trifles

    Symbolism of Trifles Webster's dictionary defines symbolism as the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations. Looking at the symbolism from different perspectives gives a whole new meaning to the story. At first glance Trifles may seem to be an ordinary murder mystery. However when digging deeper into the play we see that Susan Glaspell puts many various symbols...

    Abuse, Bullying, Chair 1018  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles Essay

    People viewed men as the workers who bring home the money and are more powerful and capable of doing things. Women were viewed as housekeepers, basically to stay home all day, clean the house, prepare food, and take care of the kids. In Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” Gender roles were shown through how men and women think, their “capabilities”, and intelligence. All of the action in the play takes place in the home of the former Mr. John Wright and his wife Minnie Wright, who is being held...

    Gender, Gender role, Man 1139  Words | 3  Pages

  • Trifles: Woman and Mr. Peters

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  • Feminism in Trifles

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  • Trifles Review

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  • “a Doll’s Trifles” a Essay Comparing the Plays “Trifles” and “Dollhouse.”

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  • Trifles

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  • Trifles: Gender and Mrs. Hale

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