Essay: Symbolic Realism in Susan Glaspell’s ‘Trifles’
Keller, Mathias. Symbolic Realism in Susan Glaspell’s ‘Trifles’. Munich: GRIN Verlag, 2007. Print.
Keller argues that Glasell’s major objective is to show the difference that exists between the two genders. As it is seen the responsibility of the two men and the two women in the crime scene is seen to be different. He argues that the names are symbolic in that the women names stand for inferior beings in the society while the male names stand for superiority. This is more evidenced in the names of the two absent characters namely John Wright and Minnie. The name John Wright is used here to show the superiority of a man in a marriage. Minnie was initially called Minnie Foster. Minnie here can be used in German to mean love while the name foster is symbolic in that the parents foster her because she highly needed love. After she has gotten married to Mr. Wright, she changes her name to Minnie Wright, which is symbolic for it can stand for a minor right. This proves that the rights of all the women in both the play and the story are minor.
The male are known to use famous names for instance John to show their superiority in the society. They have more and major rights when compared to the females. Because of his superiority, he has to decline his wife from doing some things she likes like singing. This proves that women have no power over their husbands for they have to do what they are instructed to do and even without questioning. They do not have to contribute to anything in the society and for this reason; the women are not given a chance to reveal the truth they are hiding.