What theme do "Shiloh" by Bobby Ann Mason and Trifles by Susan Glaspell have in common?
These are two very interesting texts to compare and contrast. I would want to approach this question by thinking about the representations of gender in these texts and how women are variously presented. In "Shiloh ," for example, Norma Jean is shown to be embarking on a discovery of her sense of self and seems to have thrown off traditional roles of women, partly because of actions beyond her control. Thus it is that her dreams of her life when she married at eighteen concerned her role of mother and wife. The death of her child and the accident that leaves Leroy crippled means that she is robbed of these two roles. We are presented with Norma Jean's efforts to...
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