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The Treatment of Women in Trifles Trifles a one-act play written by Susan Glaspell is a cleverly written story about a murder and more importantly it effectively describes the treatment of women during the early 1900s In the opening scene we learn a great deal of information about the people of the play and of their opinions We know that there are five main characters three men and two women The weather outside is frighteningly cold and yet the men enter the warm farmhouse first The women stand together away from the men which immediately puts the men against the women Mrs Hales and Mrs Peterss treatment from the men in the play is reflective of the beliefs of that time These women aware of the powerless slot that has been made for them manage to use their power in a way that gives them an edge This power enables them to succeed in protecting Minnie the accused Trifles not only tells a story it shows the demeaning view the men have for the women the womens reaction to mans prejudice and the womens defiance of their powerless position Throughout the play Glaspell uses dialogue which allows us to see the demeaning view the men have for the women Mr Hale declares that women are used to worrying about trifles 958 trivializing the many tasks and details that women are responsible for In his ignorance of how crucial their duties are in allowing a household to function smoothly he implies their unimportance The remark from the County Attorney about Minnie Not much of a housekeeper would you say ladies 958 was insensitive and unjustified All because his hand found the sticky residue of her exploded preserves a soiled spot on her roll towel and some dirty pans in the kitchen Due to the circumstances Minnies mess is entirely due to her dire emotional state These statements and others made by the men as the play
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