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Can anyone explain to me how the gender differences/conflicts in Trifles by Susan...

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amafbrat | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM via web

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Can anyone explain to me how the gender differences/conflicts in Trifles by Susan Glaspell & Antigone by Sophocles compare in any way or form?

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 25, 2008 at 2:28 AM (Answer #1)

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I think in both works, the general way women were treated rings true, even though the two works are worlds apart in subject matter and settings.  In both works, women were supposed to have their "place" in society and when women tried to break that norm and what was expected of them, they faced ridicule and resistance and were seen as insignificant or defiant.  Their opinions weren't respected in many ways and they were not expected to "intrude" upon the duties of men, etc.  They were oppressed in many ways during these times in both works.

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