Silent Justice In A Different Key: Suzy Clarkson Holstein´S Trifles

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I. Article Summary: Suzy Clarkson Holstein's article, “Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's 'Trifles'” evaluates the play Trifles and how the difference between the men in the play mirror how a woman's perspective is very different from a man's. Trifles is about two women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who show up at a house with their husbands and the county attorney to investigate a murder. The entire time the men are looking for evidence to implicate the accused wife, Minnie Wright, of killing her husband. Meanwhile, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are there to gather up some items to bring Minnie Wright in jail. While doing so, the women uncover evidence that would prove the wife is ...view middle of the document...

At several points Holstein brings up a character from a different play by Glaspell and assumes the reader of her article would have read this other play. She talks about the character in Glaspell's other play The Inheritors and without explaining or summarizing the other play, this reference is confusing and makes her article hard to read: “For example, Madeline Fejevary, the heroine of The Inheritors, refuses to use her powerful connections and apologize to the judge for her actions. Instead, she faces a probable incarceration” (284). In the following line, Holstein once again brings up Madeline Fejevary but is more cryptic than previously: “Although her civil disobedience and conscious heroism set her apart from the farm women of “Trifles,” her ultimate choice of powerful silence links her to the earlier characters” (284). In the following paragraph she again brings up the other play, and this time I am actually just recovering from the previous confusion and I lose my train of thought all over again, “Similarly, Madeline Fejevary marks off an imaginary jail cell and pictures the confinement of the imprisoned conscientious objector” (285). This doesn't help Holstein to make her point, and it caused me as the reader to get frustrated because I don't understand what she is...

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