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Many women throughout time have faced hardships and afflictions solely based on their sex The early 20th century however marked a time in which women were caught between the traditional male and female worlds no longer limited to the home but not yet accepted in the outside world In the play Trifles author Susan Glaspell uses foreshadowing irony and symbolism to convey the theme that women face a power struggle when their legal obligations conflict with their protectionist and empathetic feelings for a fellow woman Susan Glaspell was born on July 1 1876 in Davenport Iowa She graduated from Drake University where she received a Ph B degree in philosophy In Des Moines she did newspaper work covering the murder trial of an Iowa farmwoman Mrs Hossack who had killed her husband in their bed This incident became the source for the play Trifles which later was written as a story entitled A Jury of Her Peers which is regarded as her most famous story At the time this drama was considered very controversial and disturbing which added to its popularity Glaspell later married George Cram Cook in 1913 With Cook she became active in New York literary life and in the experimental theater movement in Provincetown Massachusetts The work they did there with several leading playwrights and actors resulted in the creation of the Provincetown Players who performed Trifles in 1916 Glaspell was the leading playwright of the group and eleven of her plays were produced during the Players next six years In all she produced fifty short stories fourteen plays and nine novels She died of pneumonia in Provincetown in 1948 The majority of Glaspells writings evolve around her strong feminist point of view The storylines to these writings also tend to follow real life experiences of Glaspell as well Her style of writing reflects her background as a journalist and she credits her husbands influence for changing her genre from
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