A Psychoanalytical Perspective of Susan Glaspell’s Trifle Essay

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The psychoanalytical perspective is a method of shifting from a hidden to an obvious subject matter which encompasses a process of awareness as well as translation (The Free Dictionary by Farlex, 2010). From a psychoanalyst perspective I will examine the linguistic symbolism of the text in the short play, “Trifle” to arrive at the underlying suppressed concepts of the author. Susan Glaspell- an Iowa native- filled her play with a hint of mid-western flavor. She also made a point to include a sense of feminist pride which was mirrored by her three main characters, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and the accused murderer Minnie Wright (Glaspell, 1938). At beginning of the play the disparities between the genders were obvious. The men are …show more content…
The situation becomes critical where the prey becomes the predator.

Mr. Hale gave his account of what he witnessed prior to discovering the body of Mr. Wright the men continued their investigation upstairs. They were convinced there was nothing downstairs worth investigating but a big mess (Glaspell, 1938). The men cannot get passed the audacity of Mrs. Wright’s not fulfilling her wifely duties, “Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?” (Glaspell, 1938). Mrs. Hale began to reacts to the men with a passive aggressive attitude; she can relate to how men take for granted the work and sacrifices of women. Still, she only speaks her mind when the men are not present, “I’d hate to have men coming into my kitchen, snooping around and criticizing” (Glaspell, 1938). The women found a significant amount evidence for a motive of the murder. What the men thought to be trivial were actually the key motivations that would prove their prime suspect’s guilt. However, the so-call men detectives missed every opportunity to attain such title as “detective.” On the other hand, the women, guided by their knowledge of a woman’s mindset were able to find all obvious clues. Such as that of the quilt that Mrs. Hale began to closely examine (Glaspell, 1938).

The quilt appeared to be sewn normally yet, upon closer observation Mrs. Hale notices an inconsistency in

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