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The plays Trifles and Suppressed Desires wrap around a central theme of sexual tension between women and men The characters are in search of lifes meaning and seeking self-definition In Trifles ignorance of sexism is exposed as a major theme The play Suppressed Desires explores new feminist theories between a married couple Both plays were written in the 1920s way before the womens movement began But this traditional way of thinking has surprisingly continued even today and is a very important issue in our society This is what makes both plays very appealing to us now The play Trifles is a true murder mystery by Susan Glaspell The setting is in a lonely cold landscape of the Wrights kitchen where the action of the play takes place The kitchen is in disorder with unwashed dishes a dirty dishtowel and a loaf of bread sitting out The scene gives the impression of a lonely household with little attention having been paid to cleaning up either recently or ever Mrs Wright is placed in the kitchen in her rocking chair but does not speak during the production She gives off much information by her expressions used throughout the play I have read that in the original transcript of the play the key characters never appear on stage I believe seeing her gives a major impact to the setting It helps the audience see the people surrounding the mystery Even though she does not utter a word her expressions help tell the story The characters enter the room from the outside and are bundled in heavy clothing indicating that it is extremely cold outside There are three men Sheriff Peters who is dressed in a coat and hat His clothes make him appear to be about middle class Followed by the County Attorney Mr Henderson who is dressed a little nicer and classier than the other men and the neighbor Mr Hale Behind the men
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