Fromthe play “Trifles”, characters have been developed differently.One of characters is George Henderson (the county attorney). Thischaracter emerges in the play as a young professional that has beencalled upon to investigate murder of Mr. Wright and is expected toserve as an attorney in case of a trial. Despite his professionalism,he is stereotyping. He believes that women often become worried byminor things that are of no importance. This is an assumption that itis only males that become engaged in matters of importance. Forinstance, Henderson indicates that Mrs. Wright may have somethingmore important that her preserves to worry about before theconclusion of the case (Graspell 3). Henry Peters (a local sheriff)is also indicated to have gender stereotype. This is depicted in histeasing of women concerning their interest in the Mrs. Wright’squilt.
LewisHale is also not left behind in stereotyping. Hale entered Wright’sfarmhouse in order to enquire John concerning how to acquire atelephone. However, he met a strangled man. In expressing genderstereotyping, Hale indicated that females are used to worrying abouttrifles (Graspell 3). Apart from these male characters, John Wrightis also indicated to be stereotypic. Although he was usuallyconsidered a dutiful and good man, he was also a difficult person andavoided happiness of his wife. It is indicated that he paid littleattention to the opinions of his wife and barred her from singing.
Onthe other hand, women characters tend to depart from or conform tostereotypes made by male characters. Although there is a significantevidence of a dead bird that Mrs. Hale has found, women decide not topermit men in knowing of the correct reason for the bird’s death(Graspell 8). Mrs. Peters prefers following the law and apologizesfor the men’s behavior. This may be an indication that she conformsto the stereotypes construed by male characters.
Glaspell,Susan. Trifles.New York, NY: Frank Shay, the Washington Square Players, 1916.Internet Resource Retrieved fromhttp://www.wolaver.org/literature/trifles.pdf.