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Mens Assumptions There are similarities in the relationships between men and women in Susan Glaspells Trifles and Henrik Ibsens A Doll House The assumptions that men have about women lead to conflicts in both plays Conflicts in these two plays are a result of a male-dominated society The men believe that women focus on trivial matters and are incapable of intelligent thinking while the women quietly prove the mens expectations wrong In the plays Trifles and A Doll House men believe women only focus on trivial matters While Mrs Wright is being held in jail for the murder of her husband she is concerned about the cold weather causing her jars of fruit to freeze and burst Mrs Peters and Mrs Hale discuss Mrs Wrights concern over her canned fruit after finding a broken jar Mrs Peters voices Mrs Wrights concern She said the fird go out and her jars would break Glaspell 127 The Sheriffs response is Well can you beat the women Held for murder and worryin about her preserves Glaspell 128 The women realize the hard work involved in canning this fruit and understand Mrs Wrights concern The men see this as unimportant compared to the trouble Mrs Wright is facing Likewise in Isbens play A Doll House Helmer believes that his wife Nora only focuses on trivial matters Three weeks prior to Christmas Nora spent every evening working alone Helmer believes that Nora is making the family Christmas ornaments and other treats for the Christmas holidays In reality Nora is working for money to repay a loan that she illegally acquired when Helmer was ill The house cat is blamed for destroying the nonexisting ornaments Helmer reminds her of the long hours spent away from the family Helmer says It was the dullest three weeks I ever spent Isben 173 While Helmer believes Nora to be spending her time on trivial ornaments she is actually working on something
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