What is an aspect that links the two plays, Hamlet by Shakespeare to Trifles by Susan Glaspell?It can be anything, but it needs to be at least one aspect.

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are a couple of ways one can take this depending on which women from each play the reader discusses.  Here are two comparative points.

1. Both plays feature women dominated by the men in their lives.  Ophelia, once a lovely, vibrant girl, receives cruel and unjust treatment from Hamlet (her fiance).  His treatment of her eventually causes her insanity and subsequent suicide. Similarly, Minnie Wright from Trifles was once a pretty, cheerful young woman who enjoyed singing in the church choir and engaging in other social events.  When she marries John Wright, he isolates her on their farm, refusing even to obtain a telephone and kills the one possession that is precious to her--her little singing bird.  Just as Hamlet does with Ophelia, John Wright stifles the vibrancy in Minnie.  The difference between the two is that Minnie takes action not against herself but rather against her husband by murdering him.

2. Another point of comparison is that the men in both plays tend to devalue the intelligence of the women.  In Hamlet, their view of women is perhaps slightly more warranted because Ophelia's inability to stand up for herself or voice her thoughts and Gertrude's seemingly naive view of what is happening around her cause the audience to view them as unobservant and unthinking. In Trifles, the county attorney and the other men see no harm in leaving the women downstairs to roam around the crime scene because they do not believe the women are intelligent enough to hinder or help their case.  Hence, both plays illustrate male condescension for female logic.