Trifles BIG paper

Trifles BIG paper - Professor Schutte ENGL 102 L Trifles:...

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Professor Schutte ENGL 102 L Trifles : The Connection between Theme and Setting During the early 1900's, women rarely received a college education, and it was very rare that they would have an occupation above and beyond maintaining the house and caring for the children. The play Trifles was written in 1916 which was a time period of women’s suffrage. A theme within the play is the difference between genders. The setting is extremely pertinent to the theme. Glaspell trajects the setting in three fields: time, location, and weather. The time period in which a piece of literature is written indisputably affects the theme. Trifles was set during the later half of the 19 th century. In that time period, women did not have the rights to vote or sit on a jury. This time period was purely a male society and women were just expected to be concerned for the house and children. Glaspell finds very clever ways of distinguishing the gender roles and responsibilities within the play. The women observe what Mrs. Wright has left in the kitchen. They come across a sewing kit and notice that Mrs. Wright’s quilting ends with her knotting the string. Later in the play, the women state that the noose is knotted, “We call it-knot it, Mr. Henderson” (Glaspell 1318) trying to clue him on the solution of
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