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Are we Living in a Chauvinist Male Society Gender roles are attitudes that a society links to each sex They are basically prejudicial descriptions of who men and women are In todays society men and women are divided into two stereotypical gender-roles the feminine code and the masculine code Men have been described as being insensitive dominant strong rational aggressive and rude whereas women have been described as sensitive weak emotional talkative passive and more polite In Trifles women begin a rebellion against a male-dominated society As the play progresses the author tries to show that the omission of the clues found in the kitchen and the complete disregard for women serve as a consequence to solving the case In the one-act play by Susan Glaspell the plot the actions of various characters and the dialogue communicate the authors disapproval of gender-role stereotypes In the play the author uses dialogue to convey gender-role stereotypes From the very beginning of the play the author presents a patriarchal society through the setting According to gender-role stereotypes women are thought to be domestic and live in their private sphere in the confinements of the house specifically the kitchen the place where the women in the play remain Men are presumed to live in the public sphere away from the chores of the house and provide for the family as indicated by the jobs the male characters hold Very early in the play Mr Hale decides to talk to Mr Wright before his wife in order to see if Wright would go in with him on a party telephone However Hale says I said to Harry that I didnt know as what his wife wanted made much difference to JohnGlaspell 376 as if a womens opinion in a patriarchal society would have no effect on Wrights choice Later on in the play by asking the question Not much of a housekeeper would you say ladies378 the County Attorney suggests
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