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Glasspell's A Jury of Her Peers and Trifles

Both symbolize male dominance over women, which is why it is significant that Mrs. Hale speaks out in the wagon in A Jury of Her Peers because 'she felt they [women] ought to be talking as well as the men', and that Mrs. Peters rejects the County Attorney's offer in Trifles: 'I'm not-cold' (1). Thus, despite differences because of the conventions of each form of literature, both are able to convey male oppression and female resistance in an equally effective manner.

There are limitations and benefits of both the stage and screen forms of art. If we look at Before Breakfast and Citizen Kane, we can see that each is better suited for its particular medium. With respect to Before Breakfast, the one-room setting of a tenement apartment in New York City might come off as airless, static, and visually uninteresting on the big screen. Further, Before Breakfast is filled with dialogue. While the stage relies more upon dialogue to convey its message to audiences, on film the excess of dialogue might come off as static and uninteresting. For the cinema form of expression relies upon visual imagery and photographic deception and technique to convey its messages. In Citizen Kane, shots of newspapers, newsreel footage, scenes played out with voice-over narration and other cinematic elements breakup the dialogue, propel the story, and are visually appealing.

Cinema is much better than suited than the stage in another important difference between these two works. In Citizen Kane we are treated to many decades of experience and growth in a short time span. From Kane's childhood to his death, cinema is much more adept at conveying such a length of time in a short span than drama. Cinema enables greater manipulation of time and space to be made palpable to an audience, rather it is the simple flipping of the pages of days, months or years on a calendar that is often used to sho


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