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Running Head: VINDICATED VICTIM: MRS. WRIGHT WAS RIGHT1Vindicated Victim: Mrs. Wright Was RightBenjamin OsengaExcelsior CollegeENG102
VINDICATED VICTIM2Vindicated Victim: Mrs. Wright Was RightSusan Glaspell boldly challenges the caste in which women were placed in Progressive Era America with her play Trifles A Play in One Act. This play, written and acted out in 1916, is portrayed as a murder mystery where the wife of Mr. Wright is suspected to have murdered her husband in his sleep, but the motive is the only piece missing to her conviction. Male investigators delegate the women to gather personal affects, for the now estranged Mrs. Wright, assuming they are incapable of finding the evidence they seek purely because they are women. Mr. Wright was perceived as an upstanding member of the community, but one of the wives alludes to a darker side very common in early 1900s American society. Eventually, the women find the proof to convict their fellow woman but choose to withhold it from the investigation to vindicate Minnie Wright for taking justice into her own hands, rightfully.In the early 1900s, women were treated as second class citizens. Women only held the right to vote in four states and out of all employed women 60% were working as domestic servants (Women’s Suffrage in the Progressive Era, n.d.). Their intelligence was frequently