Trifles By Susan Glaspell

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Men and women have never been treated equally. Although women throughout history have gone through adversities, women literature has flourished into a whole new movement which fights for civil rights. One of the areas were women have made a dramatic change is literature. Women’s literature has been somewhat accepted today. In the past, women were not so lucky. Very few women started to break the barriers built by men. Susan Glaspell was one of these women who had to fight against all odds to prove that woman could also write significant pieces of literature, sometimes even better than men. In Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell, we can observe some common problems in our society. The title “Trifles” is quite tricky, since it means more than what it appears at first. Perhaps trifles refer to the way the men in the story treated, and considered the women, like for example: “Sheriff - Well, can you beat the women! Held for murder and worryin' about her preserves. County Attorney - I guess before we're through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about. Hale - Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.”** Clearly, we see in the play, how men treat the women. As if whatever women did were unimportant little things like trifles. I believe the men were so narrow minded that they thought they were better. However, the women demonstrate the entire contrary. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, the main characters in this story, were the ones to first find the evidence. They talked between them selves using words that showed no importance to men, but were important and understood by women. “Mrs. Peters - It's the bird. Mrs. Hale - (jumping up.) But, Mrs. Peters--look at it. Its neck! Look at its neck! It's all--other side to. Mrs. Peters - Somebody--wrung--its neck. (Their eyes meet. A look of growing comprehension of horror. Steps are

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