This article is about the trifles by susan glaspell play pdf. In the original performance, Glaspell played the role of Mrs. The play is frequently anthologized in American literature textbooks.
Glaspell, which carries the same characters and plotline. Local sheriff and husband of Mrs. The play begins as the men, followed by the women, enter the Wright’s empty farm house. On command from the county attorney, Mr. Hale recounts his visit to the house the previous day, when he found Mrs. Wright behaving strangely and her husband upstairs with a rope around his neck, dead. Hale notes that when he questioned her, Mrs.
Wright claimed that she was asleep when someone strangled her husband. While the county attorney, Mr. Peters are searching the house for evidence, Mrs. Peters find clues in the kitchen and hallway to this unsolved mystery.
The men find no clues upstairs in the Wright house that would prove Mrs. Wright guilty, but the women find a dead canary that cracks the case wide open. Wright killed the bird, and that led to Mrs. The wives piece together that Minnie was being abused by her husband, and they understand how it feels to be oppressed by men. Because they feel bad for Minnie, they hide the evidence against her and she is spared the punishment for killing her husband. Hossack’s wife, Margaret, was accused of killing her husband. However, Margaret argued that an intruder had killed John with an axe.
She was convicted but it was overturned on appeal. Margaret Hossack’s kitchen came rushing back to Glaspell. The two female characters, Mrs. Hale, are able to sympathize with Minnie, the victim’s wife, and understand her possible motive, which leads them to the evidence against her. The men, meanwhile, are blinded by their cold, emotionless investigation of material facts. The female characters find the body of a canary, with its neck wrung, killed in the same way as John Wright, thus leading them to the conclusion that Minnie was the murderer.
Clearly, the wife is represented by the caged bird, a common symbol of women’s roles in society. The plot concludes with the two women hiding the evidence against Minnie. The male characters are prejudiced in believing that nothing important can be discovered in areas of the house where Minnie spent most of her time. Their minds are clouded by prejudice and they disregard important clues as being mere “trifles” that women concern themselves with. They search the barn and the bedroom, places where men have dominance, rather than the kitchen, the only place where a woman would be in charge. One important line, spoken by the sheriff, says of the kitchen “Nothing here but kitchen things.
This dismissal of the importance of a woman’s life and the male reluctance to enter the “women’s sphere” is key in the men’s failure to discover the crucial evidence for the case. The most important evidence, the dead canary that the two women find, was hidden in Minnie’s sewing basket. The two women, having pieced together the murder, face the moral dilemma of telling the men about the motive or protecting Minnie, whom they see as a victim. Their choice raises questions about solidarity among women, the meaning of justice, and the role of women in society as a source of justice. One of the differences in psychology shown in the play is that women need a sense of community and do not fare well with loneliness, while men seem to be able to cope with loneliness. There is also a theme of justice within the play, as the wives of the men recognize that Minnie was abused by her husband, and hide the evidence against her so that she will not be found guilty.