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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(14); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051407.

The Awakening and Rebellion of the Voiceless: An Interpretation of Glaspell’s Trifles


Huiqing Li

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Huiqing Li

Ankang University, Ankang, Shaanxi, 72500, China


Trifles, written by Pioneering feminist writer Susan Glaspell, is frequently acknowledged as one of the greatest works of American theater. Loosely based on the murder case of John Hossack, this play is widely acknowledged as an example of feminism drama and lots of researches interpret and explore it from feminist perspective. What the play demonstrates is the predicament of womanhood under patriarchy society and female’s awakening and rebellion through the murder case.Glaspell satirizes on the ignorant of patriarchy dominance and appreciate female’s wisdom and power. Susan Glaspell provides female a chance to find justice for themselves through care for themselves and people of the same gender. The setting of not revealing the ending of Minnie Foster’s future also suggests Glaspell’s sincere hope for the better future of the awakened women.


Awakening, Rebellion, Women, Patriarchy

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Huiqing Li. The Awakening and Rebellion of the Voiceless: An Interpretation of Glaspell’s Trifles. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 14: 36-39. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.051407.


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