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Running Head: TRIFLES BY SUSAN GLASPELL
Trifles by Susan Glaspell
TRIFLES BY SUSAN GLASPELL
The play, TRIFLES by Susan Glaspell have various characters including George
Henderson, who plays the role of the county assembly, Henry Peters who is the Sheriff in the play;
a Neighboring farmer called Lewis Hale, his wife Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters who acts as Mr. Henry
Peters wife and Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Therefore, this essay will elaborately discuss the various
characters in the text together with the roles each character is entitled.
George Henderson is the county attorney who is also the main antagonist in the play Trifles
by Susan Glaspell. He was to an investigative role in the murder of John Wright. Therefore, George
Henderson will also serve as the attorney for the trial and prosecution of the case involving the
gruesome death of John Wright. Despite his young age and professionalism, he frequently rejects
the female interests in the domestic issues every part of the play. This come can be seen when he
degrades Mrs. Wright for what he perceives as her lack of the ability to manage her household.
Thus, George Henderson shows his high degree of arrogance in the play when he always protests
that his house is filthy. For instance, George Henderson frequently complains and argues that the
fruits are spoilt from their preserves, the half clean and half dirty table top and also the bread that
was left out of its box (Glaspell & GradeSaver, 2016).
Moreover, George Henderson shows his patriarchal dominance in the play by acting in a
manner likely to suggest that there is a belief that men are more valuable in the society than their
female counterparts. Despite his tender age than the other older men, however, seeming to have a
better reputation and image when he often stood in for women and defended them from the
mockery and malicious acts men did them. However, his good deeds and intentions are easily
changed or undone by his prejudices and lack of stand in advocating for fairness,...
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