Drama is defined as “A prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, that is intended for representation by actors impersonating the characters and performing the dialogue and action”. Through out the works of drama, Death of a Salesman, Trifles, and A Dolls House, the plays center around 3 very different families and their everyday struggle of living with a lack of a support system. Through out the stories the audience is taken on a Journey of the struggles and emotions of feeling and being lonely. A series of conflicts cause these three characters to realize there is no support system available to them.
In Trifles by Susan Gladspell, Mrs. John Wright most definitely regrets her isolation at the farm house outside of town. We begin to understand this atmosphere when Mrs. Hales reveals, “It never seemed a very cheerful place” (634) This shows the audience that she truly feels alone and that there ...view middle of the document...
Mrs. Hale: “I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be–for women. I tell you, it’s queer, Mrs. Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things–it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.”
To continue with the theme of no support system, Arthur Miller, the author of “Death of a Salesman”, Linda Loman is depicted as a neglected wife of Willy Loman, the main character. She states she had wished that she worked inside and outside of the home. Thus, giving the impression that she is lonely and has no one left in her home. Her sons have grown and moved out and Willy, her husband, is a traveling salesman always on the road. Left to tend to the home by herself during the day, Linda begins to regret her decision not to work outside of the home. With her children and husband gone she is left to her lonesome self and has no one to turn to for support.
In the play “A Dolls House” Nora Helmer is married to a banker who is on the up and coming within his bank. He seems to care for her and love her, however near the end of the play, Torvald, Nora’s husband, denies her the support she needs in her darkest hour. When Noras husband is made aware that she forged her deceased fathers name on a promissory note for a loan, He quickly denies his love and support for her and claims that they will only “save face” for their children’s sake and for that of appearances for the community. This enlightens Nora that her husband has never truly loved her nor supported her. He was quick to not help her and quick to deny her the chance to rectify the problem.
Through out the three plays, its well known that these three woman all suffer from the lack of a support system. Whether it is Linda, Nora, or Mrs. Wright, all three woman were driven to there wits end. One murdered her husband, another left him, and the final let her husband kill himself. A series of conflicts cause these three characters to realize there is no support system available to them. Had a support system been in place for these women, the question arises, would the outcomes of the plays still be the same?
Three Woman and No Support