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In Trifles, what makes Mrs. Peters a rounded character?  

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Posted June 19, 2013 at 2:17 AM via web

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In Trifles, what makes Mrs. Peters a rounded character?


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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 19, 2013 at 5:37 AM (Answer #1)

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Trifles, by Susan Glaspell is set in a male-dominated society where women were dismissed and excluded, apparently not being in a position to make any valuable contribution to anything other than insignificant "trifles."

The characters, especially the men, are stereotypical of the era but Mrs Peters is able to draw on her own experiences as a child and a young mother and recognizes the pain that Mrs Wright must have suffered and the emotional turmoil that led to this tragic event and the murder of her husband.

Mrs Peters' ability to form her own opinions as she becomes aware of the circumstances and not to be blinkered by the expectations of others, presents Mrs Peters as a tolerant person, loyal to her husband and his position, aware that everything is not as it may seem and that appearances can be deceiving - such as Mrs Wright's unkempt home which is more a symbol of Minnie Wright's hopelessness and desperation than her poor housekeeping skills.   

A (well-)rounded person is one who can consider the "bigger picture" and Mrs Peters shows this ability as Minnie's circumstances unfold.


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