Student’s Name Instructor CourseDate Trifles by Susan Glaspell Introduction Trifle is a book written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. The book is centred on a murder committed by Minnie Wright. The death unites together women in the society who are tired of a patriarchal society and the proud men in their lives. These women Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale take matters into their hands and try to cover the murder which Mrs. Wright committed. The book highlights the plight of women in the society (Glaspell 1992). It shows male dominance in the 1916 period and will help the communities to grow. The women understand the need to protect themselves from the hands of people and are willing to everything so that Minnie can be freed from custody (Hilton 2011:147-149). Ignoring and undervaluing women makes them hold vital information against the men folk who are investigating the crime scene. Liberating women is the way to help society to grow. Work Cited Glaspell Susan. Trifles. Baker's Plays 2010. Glaspell Susan. Trifles. Kernerman Publishing Limited 1992. Hilton Leon. "Trifles by Susan Glaspell." Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory 21.1 (2011): 147-149. [...]
Read Vol. 2: Glaspell “Trifles” (177-187) How do the gender mores reflected in these scales help us to understand Glaspell's characters? How much have perceived "merits" and "demerits" changed in the last hundred years? The artistry and integrity of women’s domestic efforts have often been overlooked by male authorities as you will see in this week’s assigned reading by Susan Glaspell. Although her ordinary housewives may not graduate to crime-solving careers, I suspect that you will be able to see how they fit into a long tradition of female detectives. How does "feminine intuition" contribute to plot and characterization in Trifles? How do the female characters employ women's traditional ways of knowing to discover the motive for the crime? Side Info: If you've ever read (or watched the BBC adaptations (Links to an external site.)) of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (Links to an external site.) series, you'll recognize the trope, in which the amateur, female sleuth proves more competent than dismissive male professionals. Miss Marple's "little old lady" status often allows her access to others' secrets because she is supposed to be a gossip. She isn't taken seriously enough to be seen as a threat by law-breakers and she isn't immediately perceived as competition by authorities. She's mistaken as a busy body until she proves the wise woman by narratives' end. This mini-history by Laura Thompson (Links to an external site.)provides some background that may help you to identify Glaspell's characters as precursors to the female detective genre.