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What is the conflict in play Trifles?

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The conflict that seems to be most evident in the play Trifles is the abrogation of the basic rights for safety and liberty, that all females deserve, by a male-dominated society.

The tendency to almost nullify the most basic rights of women, namely, the freedom to be safe and the freedom of expression, is not only evident in John Wright's grievous treatment of his wife for so many years, but also in the treatment that the other two female characters receive when they (the women) make conjectures, emit opinions, or try to come up with simple conclusions. 

The fact that the women's observations are rescinded as mere trifles by the "men in charge" illustrates the conflict of the play in terms of gender equality, gender roles, and the societal expectations of the two genders. For example, while the lawyer, sheriff and county attorney are making observations of the home as the crime scene, they do not take into...

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