Analyzing a Play Using the Cultural Studies Questions

The play Trifles by Susan Glaspell reflects on the preoccupation of the author with the culture bound ideas of sex and gender roles. These notions are present in the title of the play; it suggests “the concerns of women are regularly viewed to be simple trifles, the less significant issues that abide little or less importance to the true societal work”. The author reveals to the viewer on the problem of the relative value of men and women in relation to work. This actual issue creates an environment full of tension and drama. The drama on the play Trifles does not only concern the role of women in the society, but to a certain extent the value of perspective and knowledge within different or precise contexts (Glaspell 10).

Two storylines of the play Trifles are based in the main on “the differences between the perception of men and women and their behaviors as they are grounded at their homes”. According to the main thought of the play, traditional feminist readings of trifles are restrictive in a social context of gender groups. Therefore, the author invites the viewer to delve into a very complex aspect of understanding human beings through their beliefs, their mutual understanding and their life stories. Some writers argue that Trifles is a very deceptive play as it is not complex enough and almost insignificant. However, it should be mentioned that part one is about the competing roles and viewpoints of men and women. Whereas, in part two the writer focuses on the aspects of social divisions that arise as a result of strict gender roles in the society. Women were locked up in their homes and they were seen as less people. According to the cultures in the play, the woman could not make any independent decision and their actions were essentially not valued (Glaspell 16).

In the play Trifles, men and women behave in completely different manners, this is seen in how they act, speak among other things. The woman is insignificant to the man, in the play men feel that women are paying their focus on less important aspects such of the crime scene or the Trifles in the beginning of the play. Susan, the author vividly shows the position of the woman in the beginning of the 20th century in the United States and most importantly how they were different from men. One of the main ways how the author displays the inferior position of women in the society is via the body language. "The women have come in slowly and stand close together near the door". The women in the play are timid in their position and they seem to be aware how men view them (Glaspell 29).

The main assumptions in the play Trifles are directed to women. In the early 1900s, women were seen objects of possession that lacked any freedom even when they were married. In the play, once the woman was married, the husband took over her control over aspects such as life and death in precise limits and under particular situation. For instance, Mr. Wright in the play had power over his wife. From the start to the end of the play, women suffer and as a result they attempt to show that they deserve to have the same freedom as men have in the society (Glaspell 7).

Finally, it is evident that the play Trifles expounds on the conventional male stereotype of women via stipulating that women usually worry about the less important things in life, instead they should at the bigger picture of life. These stipulations lead to the suggestions that men are the ones who usually worry about the important and considerable things. In the play, women use their time searching for any clue that might lead to the solution of a murder case. However, at the end of the play, women outdo the men as they get the crucial evidence that helps in solving the murder (Glaspell 10).