This essay In Isbens A Doll House As In Glaspells Trifles, The Women In The Play has a total of 550 words and 2 pages.
In Isben's A Doll House as in Glaspell's Trifles, the women in the play are seen as
subordinates to their male counterparts. The men believe that the women are not capable
of making difficult decisions, or thinking for themselves. They also fail to give
importance to the women's jobs as homemakers. In the case of Trifles, Mrs. Hale and
Mrs. Peters discourse is seen as insignificant to the murder of Mr. Wright. In A Doll
House, Nora chooses to abandon her duty as a wife and mother to find her own
individuality. The men in both of the plays are responsible for their own fall, their false
presumptions of women and patronizing ways are the main conflicts in the plays.
The women in Trifles are seen as extensions of their husbands and therefore their
husbands assume they can be left alone, as Mr. Hale says, "worrying over trifles." The
play illustrates the life of a woman who has lost her individuality. She has lived isolated
from society and her "hard" husband, who she eventually murders in an attempt to regain
her freedom. Mrs. Wright, in her younger years, wore pretty clothes, sang in the choir,
and had an overall flair for life. After she married Mr. Wright, she lived a detached rural
life in a gloomy house. Mrs. Wright is forced to live the disrespected, subordinate role of
a housewife while her husband makes the money. The men make many troublesome
presumptions of women's roles in society. One was Mrs.Wright's wanting her apron so
she will feel more natural, as if women who were not homemakers were unnatural.
Another was leaving the women alone on the assumption that Mrs.Peters is married to
the law and therefore would obey it. The
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