Trifles, written by Susan GlaspellWhat key events have occurred before the start of the play? Why do you suppose these events are not presented in the play itself?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The main event that happens before the play's action begins is the murder.  The reason the murder is not included in the play is that the play centers on the effects of the murder.  We also do not know for sure who the killer is.

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The main event that happens before the play's action begins is the murder.  The reason the murder is not included in the play is that the play centers on the effects of the murder.  We also do not know for sure who the killer is.

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