Susan Glaspell’s Trifles: Transformation of Women as They Discover Clues, and the Possible Consequences for Them
The play conveys the emasculating experience of being a farm wife in a lonely, bleak landscape of Iowa during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The main characters -John Wright and his wife, Minnie- a.re never seen and assume a shadowy presence against which the West of the characters are pitted, and whose struggle is cchoed by the two women figures on stage who realize «lhe prison house that patriarchy has constructed of marriage».
Wright really enjoyed singing but Mr. Wright did not apporive of such thing. He took awy many aspects of her freedom. Mrs. Wright was getting sick of being ridiculed everyday of her life. One day Mr. Wright killed her canary. That bird was her only company during her long, lonley and isolated days. The canary’s singing would put Mrs. Wright at ease and take her away from her isolation for short periods of time. The canary and Mrs. Wright were alike in many different ways. Mrs. Wright and the bird both enjoyed singing but Mr. Wright destroyed that for the both of them. As it states in the play No, Wright wouldn’t like the bird”a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too. (124) They were alike in the case of both being caged up all day in the house while Mr. Wright was home. As of today women are not seen in the same way as women were in the 20th century. It is not as much as a male dominated societey as of today, women have a place in the publics sphereWomen now can play the role as the money maker in households and it is not looked at in an uncanny way at all. While some men in this day in age play the role as the housewife. Women are respected and have a say in everything. They have just as much as a place in this world as men do.
Hcnce, the play becomes more of «an awakening to the dilemmas of womanhood». than a radical tackling of them. Yet as audience witnesses to the process of revelation, we are lcft with the option to do othcrwise if we allow ourselves to read into Minnie's story and see to what extent «We ali go through the same things».
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