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Women in Society: Then and Now

             Women in any society, no matter what the time period, have never been viewed as complete equals. Women did not get to make many of their own choices and a majority of the time; there life was mainly mapped out for them prior to adulthood. However, some readings and writings about how women were portrayed in society have been given a twist. Readings such as "Trifles", by Susan Glaspell, puts a more realistic view on the nature of how women, in the past, lived their lives and were seen in society. Other readings such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream", by William Shakespeare, puts more of an imaginary view of how women grew up and lived their lives. .
             In "Trifles", Mrs. Wright lived an unhappy life. She was married to her household duties rather than to her husband. The things that she did in her daily routine were never appreciated and were considered "trifles". Mrs. Wright didn"t have much to call her own, not even her own life. So it's no wonder as to why she took pride in the things that she did have. During the investigation Mr. Hale even said, "Well, women are used to worrying over Trifles." (6) With her being so unhappy she, metaphorically speaking, lived like her bird that she called her own. By killing her husband, Mrs. Wright was making the decision to leave her caged life and marriage rather then stay trapped and unhappy.
             Other women in this day in age could sympathize with Mrs. Wright and understand what she was dealing with on a daily basis, as Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters did. The women were the ones who truly found the clues to solve the mystery, which proves that women could have played a bigger role in society if allowed. Women were viewed as being incapable by the dominant male and were not able to illustrate the mentality and intelligence that they did in fact possess. Women were also viewed as pieces of property that were giving as gifts to a man, for convenience within their own lives.

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