Life is Justifiable
Susan Glaspell’s, “Trifles” and Kate Chopin’s, “Desiree’s Baby” are both unique in every aspect. The traditional script of a happy ever after relationship and blissfulness on a country farm are far from the realm of reality. Both of these literary pieces depict two women from two different regions in time. “Desiree’s Baby” places the reader in the (time) setting of Creole Louisiana where plantation owners are rulers and house servants are on hand to cater to their needs. Whereas, the setting of “Trifles” at the Wright’s farmhouse, suggest a lonely pattern of routines and rituals from season to season lived out through the life of Mrs. Wright.
Both writers make a point of characterizing both females in a light where it is clear that Desiree had been pampered from the day she was found alongside the main gate by Madame Valmonde’. This adoption would set the precedence in having her reared in a society where royalty was an inheritance among the rich. Desiree’s character is very different than that of Mrs. Minnie Wright. For the sad truth of having met and fallen in love with a farmer, Mrs. Wright’s life was distant and quarantined. Imagine having lived a sociable life in town with neighboring friends and then moving to an obscure place miles from everyone. The similarities eventually unfold to reveal the unforeseen circumstances, love, and an unexpected ending to both genres.
In commending both writers, the similarities of Desiree and Mrs. Wright, they both had a passion for showing love. Desiree had become a new mother; her affections were shown by caring for their baby boy Armand Aubigny, II. Prior to becoming a mother, this love was exemplified through her parents and then to her husband, Armand, who was the love of her life. In comparison, Mrs. Wright before marriage had a love for singing and socializing. The two main loves that she treasured were dwindled within time from her spirit.
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