In “Trifles” Susan Glaspell, seems to be very sheltered and intimidated by their husbands. Men seem to play the dominating role in the marriage. On the other hand we have the article that was written about Presidents Obamas marriage, which reflects a modern day equal marriage. The Obama marriage seems to be very equal and fair. It is almost like there is no domination role between the two. Throughout history first lady’s seemed to be like “sidekicks. ” The traditional first lady was always behind the scenes; it seemed like they were the husbands shadow.
Todays first lady Michelle Obama is very empowering towards the president. It seems to be like they are both equal partners and there is no dominating role. In late 19th century wives had no voice in the marriage, because they were afraid of their abusive husbands. Where as in todays era women are more independent and play a vital role in todays society. In the play “Trifles” officers are investigating a crime scene where Mrs. Wright, allegedly murdered her husband and while the officers were investigating they brought their wives to collect some clothing for her.
The officers were laughing at their wives because they thought they were paying attention to insignificant things, thus ‘trifles’. Women were not taking seriously in late 19th century. They had no voice what so ever in the marriage. The husband was always in control of the marriage. When in doubt the wives solved the crime, they refuse to tell the men because they were afraid of stepping out of line. Women in the late 19 century were more dependent on their husbands for survival. Marriage was not equal the men always dominated women in marriage.
Husbands also became very abusive towards their wives in order to keep them in control. For example in the story “Trifles” the women were always beaten by her husband. Which eventually led her to murder her own husband, because he was being so abusive towards her. Women went under a lot of abuse during that era, because men felt they needed to be a dominating role in the marriage. It could not be equal men had to have the upper hand always. While reading the article about the Obama marriage I found to be refreshing.
We have evolved so much since the 19 the century. The Obamas seem to be equal partners, as if there is no dominating role. “The Obama marriage appeals to many people, because it seems so comfortable, as if no one is worried about who wears the pants in the house, which is the reality of many healthy marriages today. ” (Kennicott ) It is true the marriage seems very pleasant as if they are no power struggles. Marriage has greatly evolved in todays era women are more independent and play a viral role in todays society.
Women are more free and no longer depend on a husband. Michelle Obamas is a great example, because back then first lady’s did not have a voice. Fist lady’s in history stood besides their husbands almost as accessories. This is why Michelle Obamas plays a vital role in todays society, because she is fighting for a cause. Right now Michelle Obama is a lead activist of an organization fighting against childhood obesity. As a first lady she was one of few to get out there and speak for what she believes.
She currently visits school and changes there lunch menu to crate a more healthy generation. Today many women have careers and are encourage to be become more independent. We have truly came along way since the late 19th women are no longer afraid to leave their abusive husbands. In todays era women play a viral role in the work force, because there is more opportunity now for women. Women today do not have to stay with there husbands they can do it on there own. That is the reason women no longer withstand abuse form men.
That is how it was for women in the late 19 century. Women had no voice in the marriage, because they were afraid of their abusive husbands. You could see in the story “Trifles” how women were silence, because they do not know better according to the men. The women solved the murder crime, but they did not say a word fearing there husbands reactions. In the story the wife put up with so much abuse by here husband which led her to murder her own husband. Although, in todays era women play a vital role in society, because several women have careers and have power to rule.
Take Michelle Obama for example being the first lady she was expected to sit quiet next to the president. She is now a women of great power, she solves issues in our nation. Michelle Obamas has became a vital women in our society and is a great role model to empower women in todays era. Work Cited Glaspell, Susan. “Trifles. ” Literature and the Writing Process pg (1027-1038). Literature and the Writing Process Elizabeth McMahan. Ninth edition. 2011 Kennicott, Philip. “Critic’s Notebook: Obama photo is a snapshot of a modern, equal marriage. ” The Washington Post p. (November 7)