Susan Glaspell Trifles was the first play to show to the American playwrights how to express their true artistic ability so they could draw in and captivate the audience and impress upon society what it truly is to act on human nature. Glaspell has been known to create feminist work that deals with the psychology of crime, through a female insight. My goal in this paper is to bring to light the injustice Mrs. Wright experienced and how that unjust treatment drove Mrs. Wright to act on impulsive human nature.
From the beginning we see the character of Mr. Wright portrayed by Mr. Hale’s opinion on how things were conducted in Mr. Wright’s household. …”but I thought maybe if I went to the house and talked about it before his wife, so I said to Harry that I didn't know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John”(1154). So we see here how Mr.Wright had a total disregard for Mrs. Wright’s opinions within the household. To live in such isolation and disconnection from society goes against human nature , and a personal need for human interaction is vital in life.
“The treatment of women in ‘Trifles’”, is a clear example of how women are portrayed as if they are second class citizens with nothing more important to think about, except to take care of the medial household chores like cooking, cleaning, and sewing. Only the men (in their own eyes) have significant jobs to perform and relevant thoughts in their head. Mrs. Wright’s was in search of any form of recognition, she focused on her quilt making and her preserves. Even though she had been incarcerated and being accused of murder, she worried that the fire on the stove had gone out and her jars of preserves would break. Meanwhile, back at the farmhouse the sheriff told Mrs. Peters, “ Well, women are used to worrying over trifles”(1156). Again, overlooking the hard work spent under the hot sun picking the fruit and the...