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Deeper meaning behind Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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What was Susan Glaspell's intent when writing Trifles, and what are some of the clues that lead you to this conclusion?

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This play is an enjoyable read, but it can be a little difficult to pick up on its message without first understanding the context in which it was written. Its brilliant author, Susan Glaspell, wanted to change and build society with her work, which is vividly apparent in many of the plays that she wrote. She wanted to educate people about the injustices that women faced in her part of the world, and what better way to do it than by calling attention to a heated and well-followed trial that raised several questions about the law and women's rights. The play was written to pay respect to Margaret Hossack, who was accused of murdering her husband with an ax. An admirer of Trifles once published, "Glaspell's need to change the ending of the trial, to empower women to rectify an apparently unjust situation, is both a criticism of the legal system and an indictment of the social and romantic conventions of society." What struck me about this quote is that when most people write, they do so for enjoyment or for mere compensation, ...

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On the surface, Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, seems like just another murder mystery, when in fact, there is hidden meaning in every word and scene that takes place throughout the play. After reading this excerpt, students will understand her intent for writing the play and how she was able to use real life scenarios to get her readers to ponder the differences between right and wrong. 728 words.