Susan Glaspell’s Trifles: Transformation of Women as They Discover Clues, and the Possible Consequences for Them
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».
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.
Although the physical abuse is the worst type as in severe cases it might lead to death, yet most contemporary studies, that have been carried out on the abused women, come with the following conclusion: ―It is the emotional abuse, rather than the physical one, which has much deeper effect on the victims.‖ (Straus & Gelles, 1986:42).
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».
Straus, Murray A. & Gelles, Richard J. 1986, Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American
Johnson, P. 1998, A History of the American People. New York: Harper Perennial Press. P. 179.
Kathryn, Patricelli, 2005, The Effects of Abuse, Cambridge: South End Press. PP. 46-49.