Susan Glaspell's Trifles Men vs. Women

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Susan Glaspell’s one-act play, Trifles, weaves a tale of an intriguing murder investigation to determine who did it. Mrs. Wright is suspected of strangling her husband to death. During the investigation the sheriff and squad of detectives are clueless and unable to find any evidence or motive to directly tie Mrs. Wright to the murder. They are baffled as to how he was strangled by a rope while they were supposedly asleep side by side. Glaspell artfully explores gender differences between men and women and the roles they each fulfill in society by focusing on their physicality, their methods of communication and vital to the plot of the play, their powers of observation. In simple terms, the play suggests that men tend to be assertive, …show more content…

Wright of her husband’s murder. They also figured out why she did it and began to really empathize with her. They didn’t turn over the evidence they found to their husbands, simply showing allegiance to their female sex. Their paying close attention to the little things along with their objectiveness to the situation led them to crack the case while the men on the other hand are still left clueless at the end of the play. In conclusion, in the play the central theme of the play are the differences between the men and the women. The men in the play have a narrow-minded attitude towards women, while the women are more understanding and insightful than the men in terms of trying to solve the crime. It is because of the men's attitudes that they failed in seeing the truth of Mr. Wright's murder. Their attitudes were obviously apparent while they were evaluating the crime scene at the Wright House. Rather than being unprejudiced investigators, the men let their negative views towards women and their prejudiced nature of the opposite sex cause them to overlook the situation and they automatically branded Mrs. Wright as the killer with no concern for her emotions or state of mind at the time of the