Todayâ€™s Women vs. Yesterdayâ€™s
Women of today have come a long way since the periods in the drama â€œTriflesâ€ written by Susan Glaspell, and short story â€œ The Yellow Wallpaperâ€ written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In both literary works, the characters played by women were portrayed as nothing more than property, which should be seen and not heard. This is typical of society in the late 1800â€™s and early 1900â€™s, which is the time setting in which these literary works take place.
In the drama â€œTriflesâ€, the male characters known as Henry Peters (sheriff) and George Henderson (country attorney) strut around like roosters making lewd, sexists remarks while investigating the murder of the farmer John Wright. The two farmwomen, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, while forced to listen to such barbaric comments, actually end up solving the murder. Unfortunately, they do this from a maleâ€™s point of view and are completely oblivious to the unseen environment around them. During this time, the two ladies sit silently conversing between themselves about the tragedy, and actually find clues to the howâ€™s and whys of the suspect without really looking. The female characters in this drama are written to be very perceptive and understanding about what happens in everyday life in a country home, since they too are country homemakers. With this information, which the men do not share, they notice small insignificant looking items which appear to be out of place. Through deductive reasoning, the women were able to figure out that John Wrightâ€™s wife had been abused for many years. Not physical abuse, but severe mental abuse. The abuse seemed to reach its peek when her husband killed her canary by ringing the birdâ€™s neck. This signifies a symbol of the life and freedom she once had.