This statement is an illustrative example of the position of women vis-à-vis men down the annals of history. The fine play of psycho-analytical simile loaded with the double entendre is tongues in cheek manner of giving a fillip to the morale of the women while at the same time letting the men carry on in their world of bravado. The women have developed a fine form of communication of messages to each other so that they are perceived only by the women and have no meaning whatsoever for the men (Glaspell, 2010). In fact there are several instances in the play when the men end up scoffing the apparent senseless drivel the women are indulging in while they are seized with the gravity of the task at hand. For them the issue of justice, homicide and punishment are grave worldly processes that require a large amount of debate and deliberation (Ben-Zvi, p.141). The men have the smug opinion that they are too sharp and the women cannot possibly come up to the stringent standards that they have set. For the men of this particular time dimension it is apparent that they have no inkling of the subtle nuances employed by the across time and space
Emergence of the Psychoanalytical Treatise on Feminism
Another sharp retort on the lifestyle of women during those days of fledgling feminism escapes the lips of Mrs Hale when she laments, “That was a crime. That was a crime. Who’s going to punish that”? Clearly Mrs Hale is lamenting the merciless death of the little song bird rather than the death of the brutal fiend who had twisted its poor fragile neck. This shows how perceptive women tend to be in perceiving the sense of right and wrong in a given situation as compared to men.
Freud, the pass master of interpretation of convoluted thinking processes, has taken the analysis of the finer play of emotions and the minds to a level where there was no hiding the aftermath of a traumatic experience. While the behavior may remain as near normal as possible it is the underlying fears and apprehensions that are subdued in the psyche that tends to manifest themselves in a myriad of ways [Freud, Sigmund,New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Penguin Freud Library 12) (1933): 105-6].