Character Analysis of Mrs. Wright in “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell wrote about fifteen plays, more than half of which are one-act plays. Many of them are marked by mild irony, and sometimes painted in satirical tones, such as “Trifles.” Without taking a politically declarative position, Susan Glaspell acts as an enlightened woman for whom injustice and violence are unacceptable, especially when they are based on prejudices of the male sex against women. Possessing a sense of character and dramatic situation, with which her best works are noted, she is able to convey the inner struggle of her characters and to introduce them into their complex world.
Susan Glaspell deliberately turned away from the tempting feminine move, which seemed to float into the hands. The play is written from the feminine perspective or in other words from the position of feminism However, it’s not just the description that focuses on agitation and organization of mass actions, but the one that reveals the intolerance of the existing state of things in relations between men and women and so it requires changes.
But in women who have made their way to the truth through the treacherous shell of things, the self-satisfied superiority is the least for Mrs. Wright. Her awakened heart continues to work, leading her to the consciousness of her own involvement in the tragedy (almost guilt), which might not have appeared. It made her to take at least a step towards over the crushed stubborn male will of the woman. The scene of two women is written with a striking skill for a drama beginner. Their brief, jerky cues, tearing voices draw live, voluminous strokes that convey a complex gamut of emotions.
They are afraid to be heard. The inability to give vent to their feelings and the desire to find understanding and confidence in each other, to decide what the two of them have planned to do such as to remove the clues that are intelligible to the man’s mind, thus deceiving the justice that for these honest and the pure soul of women is particularly difficult.
“Jury of her peers” phrase expresses one of the principles underlying the jurisprudence of the United States. This principle gives the defendant the right to have his or her case heard by a jury that is recruited from the so-called “peers”. This word means being the same or equal. For example, this principle will allow the lawyer to demand, for example, there should be women in the jury and not only men.
That’s only the speech in the story that is about the events that took place at the very beginning of the 20th century, when women did not have the right to sit in the jury. And Minnie Frazer, was arrested because of a suspicion of killing her husband. And she will be judged by twelve men. And yet, women are sometimes not as helpless as some men think.
This is a story about women. About how to live alone in an empty house. And it seems like there is no one else besides her. But the husband comes home from work, and there’s nothing to talk about with him. He simply does not understand and he never understood her. Mrs. Wright loved to sing, and she looked like a beautiful bird. She loved dressing up, she loved to live. Reading the play will evoke different emotions by the image of Mrs. Wright and it will remind of the times when women could only dream of the things that modern women can access nowadays.