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Trifles by Susan Glaspell

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Trevor Jenke

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Transcript of Trifles by Susan Glaspell

- Woman's Suffrage movement

Poor treatment of women. No rights essentially; Could not vote, own property, serve on a jury... etc, etc..

The play is based off of the infamous Hossack murder case that occured in December 1900.

- 2/3 of all divorces were done at the wishes of the wife.

The novel's title, indicates Glaspell’s interest in the gap between theory and practice in the U. S. justice system.
Literary Approaches
Legal Support
Revolutionary Disobedience
- A person engaged in an illegal act of a revolutionary type wishes to challenge and undermine the entire existing social and legal order. He or she does so in an attempt to expose the inherent flaws of the ruling ideology or institutions and to convince the public to join a political effort challenging the existing social order and replacing it by a superior one. The particular breach of law is designed to serve a full-blown revolution.
Historical Support
Early 1900's
- European settlers who believed that husbands had the God given right to correct their wives through the use of physical punishment in various forms of domestic violence influenced the culture of the time.

- Alice Paul and Lucy Burns organize the Congressional Union, which later becomes the National Women's Party. Members picket the White House and engage in other forms of civil disobedience, drawing public attention to the suffrage cause.

Thesis Statement
“He was a hard man Mrs. Peters. Just to pass the time of day with him Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Glaspell 8).

“Well, can you beat the women! Held for murder and worrying about her preserves” (Glaspell 3).

“We call it -- knot it” (Glaspell 10).

“Well, women are used to worrying about trifles” (Glaspell 3)
Support From the Text
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
Works Cited
During the time period that this was written, women were extremely oppressed and put down. Abuse, both mentally and physically, was encouraged through societal and religious practices. Women were completely excluded from the Judicial System of the U.S unless they were merely defendants; Criminals on trial. This left many women during this time period no other choice, but then to act out in civil disobedience, drawing public attention to the suffrage cause.
Seriously, do not piss off a woman. You will sorely regret it. As they say
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" - William Congreve
Oh, and one more thing.
Ben-Zvi, L. (2010). "Murder, She Wrote": The Genesis of Susan Glaspell's "Trifles". Theatre Journal Volume 44, 141-162.

Jabboury, L. (2004). The Significance of Symbolism. The University of Mustansiriya.

Kamir, O. (2007). To Kill a Songbird: A Communityof Women, Feminist Jurisprudence,Conscientious Objection andRevolution in. Law and Literature, 358-376.

Khalaf, S. (2010). Feminist Analysis: Trifles Feminist criticism.

News, D. M. (2008). The Library of America. Literary Classics of the US, pp. 179-195.

Swanson, K. (2014). Crime Against Women – A Brief History of Laws in the US. Retrieved from Get Inclusive: http://getinclusive.com/crime-women-brief-history-laws-us

Wolf, T., & Bryan, P. (2007). Midnight Assassin . University Of Iowa Press.

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