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iammodel | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2010 at 7:17 PM via web

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. What is the meaning of ‘trifles’? 

In one sense this drama is about gender difference and inequality in early twentieth century rural USA.  Please show us and explain how this theme is dramatized through two important kitchen trifles in the first part of the story: the roller towel and the broken jam jar.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted March 6, 2010 at 8:10 PM (Answer #1)

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The title "trifles" refers to domestic matters or concerns that the men consider insignificant and funny. Ironically, these trifles have a profound impact on life, death, and judgment in the play. They reveal the shape of the pathetic life of the Wrights, and also the events leading up to the murder. The men’s mocking attitude and the women’s sensitivity to trifles underscore the basic distinctions in the play.

The roller trowel and broken jar are true trifles, but to the two women investigators, they underscore Minnie Wright's character as a person who loved to do her own canning and baking, things the husband would never tolerate.

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oandm | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:20 AM (Answer #2)

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trifle - An English dessert made from a mixture of thick custard, fruit, sponge cake, jelly and whipped cream; An insignificant amount; A detail or thing of little importance or worth; A particular kind of pewter; utensils made from this particular kind of pewter; To deal with something as if it were ...

 

 

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