not do anything about it. The lock represents how Mr. Wright locked her up from society while the broken cage door portrays the broken cage marriage which eventually made Mrs. Wright a free woman. Theme Analysis One of the most glaring themes in the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell is the theme of women and feminism. This theme is so domineering that the entire play can be regarded as a work of feminist literature. The entire play is a depiction of the life of a woman who has been oppressed, suppressed, and subjugated by a patriarchal and patronizing husband. By doing this, the play clearly portrays a period in time within the United States of America where women were generally ignored, belittled, and neglected by men. As Mrs. Hale remarks well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell, 1916) while the Sherriff assumes that “kitchen things” (Glaspell, 2016) are insignificant. As a result of the women getting tired of being ignored and
LITERARY ANALYSIS 3 neglected, they end up hiding evidence that could have convicted one of them for murdering her husband. The theme allows the author to effectively and sufficiently dramatize the hypocrisy and widespread discrimination that is commonplace in a male-dominated society while at the same time depicting the dangers for women who fall victim of such discriminations and succumb to such hierarchies. References Glaspell, S. (1916). Trifles. In X.J. Kennedy and D. Gioia (Eds). The Literature Collection: An E-text [VitalSource digital version]. (pp. 844-46). Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.
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