Women's Power in Trifles

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Throughout history, the differences between men and women have been socially defined and distorted through a lens clouded by sexism, in which men have assumed superiority over their female counterparts, and have attempted to keep it that way through suppression and domination. Men have assumed this position for centuries, and time seems to have hard-wired ideas that women are not capable of doing anything of supreme importance into the male persona. However, the ignorance of men seems to have blinded them, thus, providing the unsuspected women with a great opportunity to take advantage, and finally prove themselves worthy of the possession of power. This socially unexpected shift of power is illustrated in Susan Glaspell's “Trifles”. Through the fact that Minnie Foster murders her husband, and the other two women in the story exonerate her by withholding critical evidence from the men, it is evident that the true power in this play lies in the women's hands. The character of Minnie Foster epitomizes the suppressed woman in her marriage to John Wright. Through the use of symbols scattered throughout her unkempt kitchen, we can see how she was not allowed to be herself her marriage, and how she eventually felt so suffocated that she was forced into a corner- in which she saw killing her husband as the only way out. One such symbol, is the dead bird found by Mrs. Peters. Before her marriage, Minnie “was kind of like a bird herself-- real sweet and pretty”, and a lovely choir singer (Glaspell 660). However, her husband busted through the cage and wrung the birds neck the same way he silenced Minnie's song, ultimately killing everything she was. Her husband repressed her so much that she regressed back into the shell of a person, no longer with her own personality or identity. She first tried to reach out in silent protest, by refusing to keep up with her

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