Which play portrays the more realistic portrayal of the male characters Susan Glaspell's Trifles or Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House?

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There are many possible answers to this question because it is very subjective. Both stories have male characters that are realistic and believable, yet both stories exaggerate male characteristics. Glaspell does a good job realistically depicting the differences between men and women. Hale and his partners are very technical and exact in their investigation, but overlook small significant items such as the bird. However, the women understand the significance of this item because they are focusing more on how Minnie might have felt, rather than on concrete evidence. Hale is very realistic. However, Wright seems like he is possibly an exaggerated version of a realistic person.

Mr. Helmer is also realistic, but he seems somewhat exaggerated as well. The overbearing, condescending nature of Torvald is more of a caricature of a person than a believable person. The same is true of Dr. Rank and Krogstad. Within these two stories, Hale seems to be the more realistic and least exaggerated character, making "A Jury of Her Peers" a more realistic depiction.

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