Tifles – Theme Analysis

Theme
Analysis

Overview

Literature is a record of the joys and sorrows of being human

It embodies the ideas about the human condition.

An effective piece of literature makes us think about life, for the author wants us to consider his or her insights into our common experiences

These insights or ideas are the themes of the work.

Mastering fear through courage

Examples

of Themes

Family relationships

Love—good, beautiful, fulfilling, or harmful

Explanation of Theme

these ideas are identified by the term ‘theme’.

“Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be.”

Examples:

“Quilt it or not it?”

Where

Can

Theme

Be

Found?

“Nothing here but kitchen things.”

The Title and Subject Matter of the work

Direct Statements Made by the Characters

Trifles

“A Jury of Her Peers”

Vs.

an article or thing of very little value

The time and place of the story helps to communicate

Example:

Theme:

A beautifully decorated house

These are words and phrases that appeal to one of our five senses

Setting

where ‘messy’ human problems can be dealt with openly and lovingly.

is not a guarantee that it will be a home

the author’s ideas and attitudes about life

Imagery

and

our imagination as they help us visualize the scene, the characters, and the actions.

Symbolic Characters

Example:

Theme:

And

And

one very rational character and brings them together

that we need to be whole people to be happy

An author creates

one very emotional character

We need to have a balance of emotion and reason in our lives

(a happy or sad resolution of the conflict)

the incidents in the plot

their words and actions

the characters

The Work as a Whole

the plot’s outcome

Comments on the life of a Farmer’s Wife

“Twice a week there is bread making, twice a week yeast making, one day washing, one day ironing, all your pantries and safes to be washed out once a week, dairy work to be attended to, beside innumerable jobs in the way of preserving, jelly making, pickling, curing hams, putting down pigs’ feet, looking over and nipping off your applies twice in winter, and making hogshead cheese, mince meat, a thorough house cleaning twice a year, then sewing on dresses, aprons, skirts, drawers, gowns, etc., by the dozen. “Then supposing the housekeeper has a baby…”

–from So Sweet to Labor – Rural Women in America 1865-1895 — Norton Juster, 1979.

“[She] made 191 pies, 140 cakes, 80 loaves of bread, 729 biscuits, 156 fried cakes, and 1,026 cookies in her statistical year. . . . This, in addition to caring for her children and doing her regular housework. This list may aid those men who sometimes wonder whatever a woman does with her time.”

from Success with the Garden and Farm, 1897

in So Sweet to Labor—Rural Women In America 1865-1895. Norton Luster, 1979.

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Confinement

Rural vs. Urban Living

Loss of Voice in Patriarchy

Female Relationships

Gender Roles

Determination of innocence vs. guilt

Themes of Trifles

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Images

And

Theme

Smell

  • Bread baking
  • preserves spilled

Touch

  • Cold air
  • Warm or coldness

of the dead bird

Hearing

  • Bird/Woman singing
  • Silence & voices
  • Doors opening & shutting

Objects

  • Rocking chair
  • Stove
  • Bird cage
  • Rope
  • Flour
  • Jar of Cherry preserves

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intervention either by states or international organizations to depose leaders who commit atrocities

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