Trifles was interesting because it showed gender role dynamics at a time when traditional roles were expected of women, and it was customary for men to look down upon women’s roles as homemakers. The males in the play (especially the county attorney) were very condescending toward the women- and women in general- “Ah, loyal to your sex, I see”, when challenged by Mrs. Hale upon his criticism of Mrs. Wright’s housekeeping (line 40). The women, on the other hand, ...view middle of the document...
Wright more often, who was probably lonely. The men were not sympathetic, and were derisive when they overheard the women wondering whether Mrs. Wright was going to quilt or knot a handicraft she had been working on. The women’s attitudes toward the men seemed respectful but inwardly they seemed to think the men were simple-minded. I gathered that from their comments in trying to conceal the bird from the men.
This was a difficult play for me to read because of its style. It included lots of slang, and words written according to how they were pronounced “foist= first”. But- it was exquisite in personifying the typical layman and how they communicated back then. It was stark in its embodiment of different social classes and how they relate to one another (I.e. Yank the poor laborer, Mildred the upper-class girl). Yank’s frustration at being looked down upon by Mildred- she called him an ape- and the subsequent taunting of his colleagues in calling him ape- set him off. Then, he visits a zoo and admires a gorilla, who then kills him. The irony is that Yank felt set apart from other social classes and gravitated toward the ape in a show of friendship. When he admires an animal (it seemed like he was trying to relate to it), it kills him in the process.