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Comparison of Trifles by Susan Glaspell and Araby by James Joyce

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It is obvious that women are more sympathetic than men are and this has always never changed through time. In the play Araby, the narrator plans to visit the Araby Bazaar to buy a piece of present for a woman he is slowly falling in love with. When he informs his uncle of this, the manly uncle automatically objects to idea pointing out that it “ better not be one of those freemason ideas” . The same is logically evident in the play Trifles, which is more of a feminist story as two women, Mrs.

Peters and Mrs. Hale, understands the motive of their friend Mrs. Wright who is accused of killing her husband. The men in the play including the sheriff and the county attorney give the story a one sided view and immediately victimize the poor woman for an act they consider unforgivable. This is a subjective thought since the law enforcers do not consider any evidence that could acquit the woman. In order to build the feminist aspect of the story, after arriving at the Wrights, the men go through the place and conclude that there “ nothing here but kitchen stuff” .

They relate kitchen and kitchen stuff to women and are therefore quick to judge that indeed the murderer must be a woman yet the only woman with that amount of access to the house could only be the wife. While the men therefore busy themselves in the egoistic attitude to criminalize the woman, the women in their understanding and sympathetic attitude busy themselves hiding any possible evidence in order to acquit their friend from any possible charges.

The same is the case in the play Arby where despite the uncle’ s negative attitude, the love and encouraging from the narrator's aunt coupled with the affection expressed to him by Mangan’ s sister compels the young narrator to venture out into the Araby bazaar. Another obvious similarity between the two is the fact that they are all short prose plays. They all have the structures of a play, both were adapted in theaters, and the modern day media have adapted both the plays into actual films. In Trifles, the society is male chauvinistic, the author maybe because of her feminine nature addresses this theme so effectively.  

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  • Pages: 4 (1000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Masters
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