Sample English Essay on Character of Mrs. Wright “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell


‘Trifles’ is a play involving dialogue among characters to create deep meaning based on different attitudes between the two genders. Women speak alone to assert male and female genders have separate attributes in the society. Conversely, ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is a modern play involving intense dialogue to illustrate fantasy, dreams, and illusions. It seeks to assert societies include different genders undergoing similar social, economic, and political issues such as poverty. Both plays therefore aim at signifying the different roles genders play among societies.

Character of Mrs. Wright “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell

Mrs. Wright is a character developed to criticize the traditional roles women play in the society. She is economically, socially, politically, and psychologically prepared to prove that discrimination, oppression, and prejudice against women should be ended. Although Mrs. Wright ought to undertake domestic roles such as cleaning and cooking, her farmhouse kitchen is described as messy. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter are female characters developed to affirm female roles in the society ought to involve protecting and preserving the domestic household. Thus, they affirm that women should be angelic without engaging in criminal behaviors they describe as demonic. However, they suspect Mrs. Wright is guilty of killing her husband. Thus, they suspect Mrs. Wright of engaging in demonic activities due to development of eccentric spinster thinking capacity.

Mrs. Wright’s role as a reproductive domestic leader in the household also lacks social abilities and acceptance. Before Mrs. Wright was married, she was cheerful, lively and independent. However, her husband described as hard, raw, and supportive towards oppressing women angered her. She felt he infringed her rights while killing her spirit. This leads to domestic conflicts discouraging her from being loyal. Thus, she is unable to fulfill her traditional gender role as a woman. For example, she fails to clean the dirty pans under the sink, returning a loaf of bread into the breadbox, washing the dishtowel and wiping the table. This description of the dirty and messy farmhouse affirms Mrs. Wright did not spend a lot of time in the kitchen. However, it can also be applied to assert that she was in a confused state of mind. Thus, she could have been nervous, angry, perplexed, and humiliated motivating her to kill her oppressive husband. More so, she felt men did not take women’s feelings seriously, as they expect them to be angelic, compassionate, and mindless puppets tasked in fulfilling their needs.

Character of Laura “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams

Laura is described as a sensitive and shy individual. Laura’s shyness is highlighted as a contrast to Mrs. Wright’s brutal and forceful nature. Laura’s nature is described as sensitive coupled with nervousness. As a result, she is unable to be present at business school devoid of being violently unwell. More so, she is nervous and frightened whenever Amanda and Tom fall out. Her possession of a glass menagerie is taken care of with great tenderness enhancing her withdrawal from the world. Laura also has a physical defect magnifying her defective personality. Her defect due to a limp also enhances her sensitive and nervous nature, as she believes people focus on the defect. As a result, she does not lead a normal life, as she is unable to get over the fact that, the real world does not fail to notice the limp. Thus, she withdraws from the real world living in an illusion. The limp is therefore a symbolic nature of Laura’s inner nature that can be described as sensitive, withdrawn, and nervous coupled with intimidation.

Tom asserts that, Laura can be crippled setting her aside from other people. However, other traits also make her seem different from other people as she lives in a world of glass animals and old phonograph records. When the gentleman caller arrives, Laura’s inner charm is witnessed. Thus, her charm, freshness and prettiness in an individualistic manner can be applied to differentiate her from Mrs. Wright. More so, she is able to forget her physical defect as a handicap. Her relation and responses to Jim are enhanced as he is able to relate to Laura based on her different nature. Thus, she believes her different nature is an asset allowing Jim to explore her world. Laura’s world is a unique retreat from the real humanity. Her physical and emotional incapacitations ensure she neither hurts nor harms anyone. Laura sheds tears to show her compassion over Tom’s unhappiness. This is despite acknowledging that she also suffers from similar challenges coupled with nervousness. These descriptions are further contrasts to Mrs. Wright’s character that lacks compassion and patience. Thus, Laura’s gender role does not encourage her to be selfish or ignorant of other people’s needs.

Comparison of Mrs. Wright’s and Laura’s Characters

Through the symbolic interaction theory, a sociological framework can be developed to discuss worldviews on the position of women and men in a cultural world. Gender defines culture while assisting people to understand development roles they play in the society. The biological theory asserts male and female have different chromosomes, hormones, and brain structures. Thus, Laura and Mrs. Wright play similar gender roles, as they are female. However, their creativity, verbal, and analytical abilities differ due to dissimilar development process orientations. Exhibition of the correct gender role behaviors based on the social learning theory define the importance of gender identity, roles, and socialization. Both characters gender roles are based on traditionally prescribed cultural expectations. They are expected to allow men to lead as they undertake domestic responsibilities such as cleaning and cooking.

For example, Mrs. Wright is not allowed to provide male leaders with legal advice unless she defies that men ought to be courageous, strong, and independent thinkers. Conversely, Laura is portrayed as emotionally and physically crippled in order to affirm that women lack strength and courage to lead. Thus, both Laura and Mrs. Wright are depicted as female members of the community without leadership qualities, skills, and abilities. Their social, economic, and political roles in the society are therefore oppressed as cultural and traditional expectations hinder women from being leaders.


Both characters are symbolic as they recognize societies suffer from gender inequalities, loneliness, restricted lifestyle, and regrets. ‘Trifles’, play depicts that women are sympathetic towards other female colleagues in the society. ‘The Glass Menagerie’ play on the other hand identifies that restricted lifestyles can result to genders leading a regrettable lifestyle. Thus, audiences and readers ought to relate with the plays and characters to enhance gender roles women play in the society. They should understand inequalities could hinder socioeconomic developments in the society. As a result, audiences should relate with Mrs. Wright and Laura to foster and sustain gender equality among global communities.