Approaches to drama 2
A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen and Trifles by Susan Glaspell are plays conveying the contemporary society of their time, expressed in a realistic way. Trifles can be perceived to have expressionist undertones, with its theme of murder and denunciation of the male hierarchy. Similarly both suggest a rejection of their cultural gender issues and question social values and behaviour, using metaphorical symbols and thought invoking endings. In this paper, I will draw attention to the social context surrounding both plays and the different ways in which both playwrights convey their rejection of gender issues. I will also highlight the various themes and symbols in both plays. For this I will use the texts themselves as well as drawing on other related resources.