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Mrs. Peters points to a broken jar that the author refers to as preserves. From this, the sheriff wonders how a woman can worry about her preserves while she is facing murder charges. The sheriff, from this statement implies that there are certain things that only a woman needs to worry about. The preserves symbolize anything that women worry about more than men. At some point, the women also commented on the tidiness of the house. Well, men in the society from this play do not pay attention to such things and are always complaining of a messy house (Glaspell, 202). Mrs. Wright’s husband seemed to displease her. The mistakes her husband made, ‘trifles’ were considered among the reasons for her wanting to kill her husband.
On another instance, the author expresses her belief that on marriage, a woman loses her identity, and becomes what her husband is. This is seen in the play when the County attorney says that a sheriff’s wife is married to the law. The sheriff’s wife is Mrs. Peters. Mrs. Wright is described as jovial and one who loves to wear colorful clothing. However, on marriage she becomes the opposite. The untidy state of her house is reflected to her husband. In the play, the ladies also share a belief with the men that they are of little importance.
It is also observed from the play that women did not share trivial issues with the men. The men did not see value in whatever opinions they held. The women thought that if they shared their thoughts with the men they would be laughed at. They also considered their opinions as trifles. On the search for evidence, the women discussed minor issues that would collect up to substantial evidence. The men, however, were looking for a major piece of evidence since they considered the minor pieces as trifles. The women even had doubts that the trifles would solve the crime due to the little value put on them by the men.
The fact that Mrs.
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Hale then uncovers the possible things that transpired in the home of the Wrights. Having no children, Mrs. Wright had all her hands busy attending the farm and her husband however, her efforts seemed to have been unappreciated as the tow women concluded how the mister has changed his wife.
The story revolves around the murder of Mr. Wright. Although Mrs. Wright was the prime suspect, being the only person in the house at the time of the murder, the male characters did not find any motive, which is very important in building a case. Although the men found evidences pointing towards Mrs.
Detailed investigations are carried out to identify the alleged murderer by the local legal authorities and the astute women friends of the Wright family. What is the reason for the serious differences between the bard-like Mrs. Write and the hard-hearted Mr.
The men, County Attorney with the Sherrif, Mr. Peters and Wright’s neighbor Mr. Hale have come to the house to investigate the murder. Mr. John Wright was found murdered in his room, with a rope around
The characters and events in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles help describe the discrimination that American men afforded their women during the time when the play was written.
First of all, the female characters in the play are addressed only as “Mrs” followed by their
It is a social crime because it leads to severe mental problems and psychological breakdowns. Hence, breaking the cycle of domestic violence is necessary, which Minnie Wright did. The abusive spouse maltreats the other spouse to satisfy his pride, and also acts loving
John got strangled in his sleep and Minnie is held as a suspect in jail (Glaspell 3). The play’s title provides a clue to its main theme. The play provides a look at the perceived role and place of the woman in society at the time.