Trifles, Susan Glaspell’s one-act play about a woman arrested for the murder of her husband, was first performed by the Provincetown Players in 1916. Written during the First-Wave Feminist movement, the play explores the dangers of restrictive gender roles and the fundamental injustices of a patriarchal society. The play was embraced by feminist critics and has been included in many literary anthologies.  


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Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Trifles, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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