What would be a good thesis to analyze gender roles in the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell?

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In Susan Glaspell’s play, the audience is presented with two intersecting stories in which gender roles and relations are central. The background story is the mystery of John Wright’s murder: Did Minnie Wright kill her husband? If so, why? This story provides substantial evidence for a number of different theses. As Susan Glaspell was writing a century ago, the views she presents on spousal abuse and the possible self-defense plea are likely to be considerably different than the laws and social norms of modern times. One thesis could address her justification for killing her husband. Another similar thesis could look at the larger picture that is painted—that of alienation and isolation, which women often suffered in those times.

The larger story involves the relative positions of the women and men who are involved both in solving the mystery and attending to Minnie Wright’s needs. A number of the characters have professional positions in which they are acting on behalf of the...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 12, 2020