Trifles Essay Research Paper Susan Glaspell was — страница 2

  • Просмотров 144
  • Скачиваний 5
  • Размер файла 15

from communicating with others. Mr. Wright proves his idea of Mrs. Wright being incompetent and unimportant by forcing her to become a housewife and nothing more. The play makes reference to bottles of broken preserves in Mrs. Wright s kitchen. In her own right, Mrs. Wright is much like the preserves. She herself stays on the shelf, alone on the farm, until the coldness of her marriage, and her life in general, breaks her apart. Her secrets kept under pressure burst from their fragile containers. The single intact jar symbolizes the one remaining secret, the motive to complete the prosecutor’s case. When Mr. Wright is found dead Mrs. Wright is said to be piecing a quilt. The question is raised as to if she is going to quilt it or knot it (Glaspell 663). At the end of the play

it is concluded that Mrs. Wright is going to knot the quilt. This image conveys the sense of knotting the rope around the husband s neck: the women discover the murderess. And they will knot tell. The bond among women is the essential knot needed in dealing with unfair treatment from men. Trifles is a clever way of presenting the societal image of women in the 1900 s. Glaspell shows that men possessed a shallow view of women s intelligence and value. They were simply trifles. The men of that time had control over that view and while women did not always openly dispute it, based on the plot of Trifles; we know that they did not agree with it. The point of this tale is that while the men, smart as they were, were looking at the situation for an exterior perspective, the women were

looking on the inside, at the small things, the trifles to find the real evidence and motive. BIBLIOGRAPHY Glaspell, Susan. Trifles. Discovering Literature Compact Edition. Guth, Hans, and Gabriele Rico, eds. Upper Saddle River [NJ]: Prentice Hall, 2000.