Just Kitchen Things The plot of Susan Glaspell's drama Trifles is greatly driven by the male characters' pompous aura of self-importance and general superiority over the female characters. This attitude, which dominates the entire play, is made apparent through many of the men's disparaging comments and behaviors towards the women, as well as through how the women react. The men in this play the county attorney, the sheriff, and Mr. Hale all occupy an attitude that clearly divides men and women into two separate, distinct roles. A man is someone who is serious, tough, powerful, and whose time is consumed by very important matters, as opposed to trivialities. The men all strive to conform to this encompassing image, which they are convinced defines manhood and gains them respect. A woman, on the other hand, is dependent, fragile, and incompetent. Their entire purpose in life is to be a housewife; simply the counterpart of a dominant male figure, and nothing more. The female identity itself is based on a woman's relation to a man, and not at all by her integral, individual characteristics. Henderson mentions, 哲o, Mrs. Peters doesn't need supervising. For that matter, a sheriff's wife is married to the law.(1253). The men never doubt that Mrs. Peters is telling the truth, solely because of the fact that her husband is a sheriff. These expectations shed light on a key, recurring theme in this work: men do not fully appreciate or give credit to women. Henderson, Peters, and Hale all reveal this attitude through many of their comments and mannerisms throughout the play. As they roam throughout the house on the hunt for evidence, the sheriff notes, 哲othing here but kitchen things(1245). The men blatantly discount the potential significance behind the things left in Mrs. Wright's feminine domain and otherwise petty women's work. They also make a point to criticize Minnie Wright's housekeeping work, much to their wives' irritation: 哲ot much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?(1245). Condescending, belittling comments such as these display the minimized level of importance associated with women in this society. The men direct all of their time and efforts analyzing the scene upstairs instead of in the kitchen, the nesting place of all of the 鍍rifles,causing them to completely miss all of the important details: the ruined fruit preserves, the loaf of bread placed out of the breadbox, the poorly done stitching in the quilt, and the empty birdcage. In fact, any mention of these seemingly trivial objects brings about laughing and scoffing from the men. They easily overlook every useful piece of evidence because of how severely they underestimate women. At the end of the play, the county attorney picks up an apron, laughs, and says, 徹h, I guess they're not very dangerous things the ladies have picked out(1252). In the male characters' eyes, women are harmless and delicate, and the things they associate with are terribly insignificant compared to the larger, more serious…
Glaspell’s play, Trifles, different perspectives are represented based upon a highly serious situation that involves a wife murdering her husband. Both men and women are present at the scene of the crime
Throughout Trifles, the audience is given many examples of the domestic issue of gender inequality during the time period. Glaspell purposely drives the plot based on the characters’ prospective on demographics. The male characters of the play have a condescending attitude toward the female characters…
How a person lives their life is a reflection of their beliefs, values and morals. We can see from the differences in Jane’s life vs. Johns that these three factors are embed in us from birth and as we grow. When someone has an altered view of just one of these, the affects can be life changing. A person’s environment, such as home and social life can be a key factor in the way that a person views these factors.…
In Trifles Susan Glaspell does an excellent job of showing the subtle differences in both genders’ thought processes. She does this by representing a situation that has a rather obvious initial plot, but a very ironic conclusion. The characters all have a good idea of who the murderer is, but need to find a motive in order to convict Mrs. Wright. The men, including the town’s sheriff and county attorney, go about their business searching for evidence, while the women patiently…
Female Genitilia case study
1) My 1st impression with the presenting symptoms is urinary tract infection with candida vaginitis (Yeast Infection). My differential diagnoses are exposure to foreign body and Allergic vaginitis.
2) My diagnosis for Mrs. Jones is urinary tract infection with genitourinary candidiasis (yeast infection). The priority is to treat the UTI because untreated UTI can lead to pyelonephritis and then candida vaginitis, although both can be treated simultaneously…
factor is how we act as individuals and how we are looked upon by the rest of the world. What does the word identity mean? Identity is the collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a thing is definitively recognizable or known. Our personal identity can be influenced by a number of things from the way we dress, our sex, culture, our personality, and even by society. As we grow up and start to establish our own identities we are likely to succumb to a certain stereotype that society…
Male and Female Communication Styles
Unit 1 Assignment 1
This paper explores the Male and Female Communication Styles from research conducted in textbook and on websites.
Keywords: workplace communication, communication styles
Male and Female Communication Styles
Disagreements can happen with members of the opposite sex; however, it seems that people of the opposite sex tend to argue more than those of the same…
and Occupational Burnout Among Male Nurses.
This paper is a report of an exploration of job stress, achievement motivation and occupational burnout in male nurses and to identify predictors of occupational burnout. Background. Since the Nightingale era, the nursing profession has been recognized as ‘women’s work’. The data indicate that there are more female nurses than male nurses in Taiwan. However, the turnover rate for male nurses is twice that of female nurses. Understanding the factors…
January 25, 2014
Things do not happen. Things are made to Happen
Most people can argue that things just happened but I believe that things never happen magically, but we have to make things happen like my dad did. He had to learn survival skills by working for food and shelter. He left Honduras for a better life here in the United States, his way here wasn’t easy though. He watched from afar what the people had to do to cross the Rio Grande, while other people who were guided…
Professor Cynthia Henricks
27 July 2014
In Glaspell’s Trifles, there is an impending murder trial occurring for the death of Mr.
John Wright. He was pronounced dead with a noose around his neck in bed while his wife slept
on beside him. Mrs. Wright was found the next morning in her rocking chair by Mr. Hale, who
was there to see her husband, but when asked where Mr. Wright was, she said that he was dead
with little emotion. This seemed suspicious to him…
The struggle between the male and female gender has long seen its differences throughout our American history. Prior to 1848, women did not have a voice or a valued opinion; they were simply thought of as unseen and unintelligent. It took nearly 72 years before the 19th amendment to our Constitution was signed into law, granting women the right to vote (Infoplease). During the early part of the twentieth century, the duties and structures of women’s lives would have predisposed them to approach a…