The Use Of Symbolism In Susan Glaspell — страница 2

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was angry, confused, and literally “didn’t know what she was about”(glaspell 163). The question that is asked is whether Minnie was going to “quilt or just knot it”(glaspell 163). This is the decision Minnie had to make. She either had to quilt it, meaning she had to endure the abuse, or she would knot it and decide that her life as it exists was “not it” and she would do something to change it. The referral to the quilt as a trifle is very symbolic in the story. Mr. Hale says “Women are used to worrying over trifles”(glaspell 159). This is very symbolic and ironic. A trifle is something that is small and of no consequence. This is a reflection of how the men in the story, and society in general viewed and treated the women. This is very ironic because while the

men are looking for clues, the women discover the key to the mystery among what the men consider as only silly women’s work, or trifles. The women rebel against their husbands, as they conspire to conceal the incriminating evidence that points to Minnie. Glaspell effectively uses symbolism in the story to help convey the feminist theme. Through the use of symbols, she illustrates just how the self-destructive introspection of John had slowly overwhelmed the youthful vivacity of his wife. The symbolisms paint not only a picture of Minnie’s life, but also the lives of all women who live oppressed under male domination. The story is a warning to men that a system where men dominate and oppress women cannot and will not be tolerated.