The selection being taken up for the psychoanalytical analysis presented in the current essay is ‘Trifles’ by Susan Glaspell, an author of the early twentieth century.
The current essay is a critique on the gender dynamics of interactions and psychoanalytical play of life situations and how people react to them.
The hypothesis statement is that women are much more perceptive in their understanding of life situations than men.
The research questions focused on the historical approach to the analysis. The historical perspective has been taken up because even in those times where women were confined to the background and were presumed to not have any say in the ‘matters of men’. Women were expected to be only seen and not heard.
They were given the position of wives and mothers and perform their roles in their everyday positions. They are not expected to have any opinion worth being considered let alone being accepted by the men. Women often had to literally recede into the background when men discussed import affairs of the country and the county.
The women were not believed [generally by the men] to have enough brains nor thinking potential to be able to hold their own against the men. Against this background is the setting of the play wherein a group of women assess a particular situation and give their own verdict long before any of the men even begins to assimilate the facts of the circumstances. All this is done within the presence of the men and the women come away giving them the impression that they, the men are indeed the great brains they profess to be. The smug acceptance of women’s inferior role in life seems to have been perpetuated through the ages and this is what the current essay attempts to portray.