A discussion of three plays’ representation of the modern women’s movement.
This paper discusses how three dramas, “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, “A Dolls House” by Henrik Ibsen and “Antigone” by Sophocles portray the modern women’s movement. Examples from the text reveal how the characters and plots of the stories depict various themes of the women’s movement
Trifles” is the story of a woman driven to the “end of her rope” by a spiteful, mean-spirited man, but it is also a story of women, and how they can come together in a crisis. The two women who open the story know immediately what Mrs. Wright had to put up with, and protect her when the men begin to criticize her housekeeping skills. “MRS. HALE. No, I don’t mean anything. But I don’t think a place’d be any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it” (Glaspell). While the men are still fumbling around looking at things and speculating, the more introspective and sensitive women have solved the crime, and are on the way to saving Mrs. Wright from paying for the murder. This entire story revolves around the difference in understanding between men and women, and we learn it early, by one of the idle comments made by the first man to find the dead man. “…though I said to Harry that I didn’t know as what his wife wanted made much difference to John–” (Glaspell). It is clear the women do not matter to the men in this story, they are condescending to them, laugh at research paper writer their thoughts, and obviously feel much more important than mere women. “SHERIFF. They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just https://newyorkessays.com/essay-managerial-accounting-9/ knot it. (The men laugh, the women look abashed)” (Glaspell).”