What are the themes for Trifles by Susan Glaspell?

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The development of any identified theme from Glaspell's work will require analysis and support from what you have found in the play.  I would say that the empowerment of women would be a critical theme to come out of "Trifles ."  The fact that the male detectives cannot figure...

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The development of any identified theme from Glaspell's work will require analysis and support from what you have found in the play.  I would say that the empowerment of women would be a critical theme to come out of "Trifles."  The fact that the male detectives cannot figure out what happened is one element, but when the women try to piece together the events of the crime with their own knowledge of background information and character motivations, they are discouraged with their insights deemed as "trifles" and not substantive.  Yet, Glaspell reveals that the women were actually acting more like detectives then the men were, contributing to the fact that they solve the case.  In this light, the women were depicted in a light of empowerment which allowed them to be able to do just as much, if not more, than their male counterparts.

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The themes for Susan Glaspell's play "Trifles" include:

a) The social differentiation of men and women.

b) Chauvinism vs. female self-sufficiency

c) Spousal abuse

d) The mental abuse of females as a weaker gender

e) Losing your sanity

f) Depotism

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