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Sympathetic Power Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on April 2, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 661 words

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Sympathetic Power
Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell is a story about the murder of Mr. Wright.   It mainly shows the treatment of women during the 1900’s. The way the women in the play are treated by the men is reflective of that time period.   Men expected their wives to cook, clean, and care for the family, but still be presentable to the public. Mrs. Hale, aware of her powerless position that was made for her, manages to use her own power to outsmart the others. Despite the fact that Mrs. Hale fit the description of a woman back in the early 1900’s, she was still capable of being a significant component to the crime scene. She hides evidence from the men because of the sympathy she felt towards Mrs. Wright.
Mrs. Hale subtly stands up to the men in a respectful, yet ladylike manner, showing a greater understanding of the situation. When the county attorney bad mouths Mrs. Wright’s cleaning abilities due to her dirty hand towel, Mrs. Hale defended Mrs. Wright and   said, “[stiffly] There is a great deal of work to be done on a farm” (1339).   Mrs. Hale did not find it amusing that the county attorney found Mrs. Wright as “not much of a housekeeper” (1339). The county attorney and the men didn’t appreciate the great deal of work that the women do each and every day, which frustrated Mrs. Hale. The way she “stiffly” responded back, sparks a noticeable change in Mrs. Hale’s attitude towards the county attorney’s opinionated remarks. Up
until this point, Mrs. Hale was confused as to whether or not Mrs. Wright killed her husband. Thus allowing Mrs. Hale to show more sympathy than Mrs. Peters, and start to piece together the struggles Mrs. Wright had been going through.
Before Mrs. Wright’s marriage, she had a past life and her name was Minnie Foster. Her quality of life declined after her marriage to John Wright, Minnie Foster use to “wear pretty clothes and be lively” (1340), however, “that was thirty years ago” (1340). Now that Mrs. Wright had been...

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