In the play Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, the central style of the play are the social and psychological differences in between the men and the women. The male characters has a chauvinistic attitude towards women, while the women are more understanding and perceptive than the males in regards to attempting to resolve the criminal offense. It is because of the guys’s attitudes that led them to stop working in seeing the reality of Mr. Wright’s murder. Their mindsets were blatantly apparent while they were evaluating the crime scene at the Wright House.
Rather than being unbiased investigators, their unfavorable views towards women and their inequitable nature of the opposite sex caused them to neglect the situation and immediately branded Mrs. Wright as the killer without any regard for her emotions or frame of mind at the time of the murder.
The guys were more worried about slamming Mrs. Wright’s lack of appropriate homemaking abilities than trying to find the reason behind the murder of Mr.
Wright. In line 157, while searching for proof, the county lawyer grumbles after washing his hands, “Unclean towels! Very little of a house cleaner, would you say, women?”, while kicking the pans under the sink. His inflammation showed his lack of confidence since the house was not kept in correct standards by Mrs. Wright. His actions mentioned his beliefs that because women stayed at home as home wives, while holding no proper tasks worldwide, they ought to at least keep the house up to par. He safeguards his viewpoints to the women in line 163 stating that “I understand that there are some Dickson County farmhouses that do not have such roller towels.” When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters quickly defended Mrs. Wright, his response was, “Ah, devoted to your sex, I see.” His demeaning undertone revealed his disrespect for women’s social roles and believes that females are inferior to men.
The ladies on the other hand, were more observant and understanding to Mrs. Wright’s circumstance. From the start, they were the ones that discovered the “little things”. The effort that Mrs. Wright had to caring for her home although it was not best was not neglected by the ladies. They were more understanding than the males because they themselves knew the flight it took to run a household, to which the guys overlooked. The females were the ones that asked concerns. They knew Mrs. Wright prior to she had actually wed the cold and quiet Mr. Wright. They remembered that Minnie was a lively individual and was constantly singing but later became recluse and blocked from the neighbors after marrying Mr. Wright.
They contemplated whether or not she had a happy and stable marital relationship, going through lots of factors regarding what might have led her to devote such a criminal offense. While the males were busy investigating upstairs, it was the women who discovered the bird cage in addition to the dead bird in the sewing box. They compared Mrs. Wright to the bird in line 449. “She pertain to think about it, she was type of like a bird herself– real sweet and quite, however type of timid and fluttery. How-she-did-change.” The women based their findings on realities and proof as opposed to the indifferent attitude of the guys. Though the females had compassion with Mrs. Wright’s situation, they believed that eliminating Mr. Wright was still wrong, however, their sympathy and understanding for Mrs. Wright led them to conceal the bird as evidence from the sheriff and the county attorney.
The play clearly revealed a divide in opposing ideas and mindsets between both sexes. The guys were more severe, vital, rough and self focused where as the women were more intuitive, cautious and conscious the situation. Their distinctions resulted in them having contrasting opinions on the realities. The men’s judgments on females did not permit them to properly and objectively evaluate the case where as the females we able to see things that the guys neglect. However, though the men were not able to gather more proof for the case, the women were the ones who found potentially the most crucial finding, which was the broken bird cage in addition to the dead bird. Even after finding the bird, the women chose to commit a criminal activity themselves by hiding the bird from the constable. Although the women were more understanding they were still wrong for hiding the evidence. Hence mentioning the fact that the females’s psychological nature disabled them the same method as the men’s judgmental mindset.