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Realism in Drama Realism in drama is a kind of writing in which fictional events and people are presented in language that resembles everyday external reality and human experience Realistic plays such as the drama Trifles by Susan Glaspell reflect reality and are faithful to lived experiences The experiences addresses are issues of values and morals held by the two different genders of males and females The theme of the drama not only illustrates the differences between gender opinions but also describes the plight of a woman who is bound to break the chains of an abusive husband to become a better person Glaspell attempts to achieve the maximum effect of emotions from the audience by addressing issues that the viewer or reader can identify with thus giving the drama a realistic quality The literary techniques of characters and conflict utilized by Glaspell in the drama Trifles possesses a large amount of realism The characters portrayed by Glaspell can be considered realistic in many ways The men in this play are portrayed with the usual stereotype of uncompassionate and cold hearted The women in this play are depicted with the usual stereotype of weak and in need of constant care and attention This aspect of the play not only adds to the realism of gender conflict it also adds to the plot development For example Mrs Hale one of the wives portrayed in the play comes to the defense of Mrs Wright when she states No Mr Wright wouldnt like a bird a thing that sang She used to sing He killed that too 844 This example from the play illustrates to the reader the kinship that Shari LockettPage 2 women feel towards each other as well as the lack of compassion that men feel towards women The bird in this part of the play is utilized as a symbol of Mrs Wright because it symbolizes to the reader the fragileness and
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