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Posted May 21, 2007 at 5:05 AM via web

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How can Trifles show Glaspell's feminist approach as a playwright?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 21, 2007 at 5:27 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the main themes in "Trifles" is the idea of Gender differences. The two sexes are distinguished by the roles they play in society, their physicality, their methods of communication and—vital to the plot of the play— their powers of observation. In simple terms, Trifles suggests that men tend to be aggressive, brash, rough, analytical and selfcentered; in contrast, women are more circumspect, deliberative, intuitive, and sensitive to the needs of others. Following that logic, in the play Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale can solve the case, but their husbands miss obvious clues. Glaspell's characterizations of her male and female protaganists (as shown above) show her feminist approach.

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