For Trifles, write a speech you think Minnie Wright might deliver before the sentence was given if the canary were found and Minnie convicted.
Assume the canary had been found and Minnie Wright had been convicted. Write a speech you think she might have delivered.
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This is something that you have to write for yourself, but we can give you some ideas. There are several options, but if you want to stay true to character, I don't think Minnie Wright would really have much to say in her own defense. She would probably let her attorney do it for her. We don't know much about her character, but we do know that she lived with an abusive man for years...without doing anything about it and without telling anyone about it. So, if you have to write something that she said, it would not be very forceful, and perhaps she would be timid about delivering it, but...you could still do it in a clever way so that the jury could still see the truth of her sad situation. For example:
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am just not used to speaking in front of a crowd, so you will have to forgive me for being a little nervous. I just spilled my water on my shirt, and it's my favorite shirt. I embroidered a little yellow canary on it, can you see him? Right above the pocket? It reminds me of my poor little Tweetie, God rest his soul. Well, so.... What's that? You want me to speak up? Oh, I'm sorry. I guess I do have a soft voice. I'll try to speak a little clearer. You see, my husband poured vinegar down my throat a few months ago because he said I talked too much, and it destroyed some of the lining of my throat, so I can't talk too loud. Okay, how's this? Can you all hear me now? Okay, so, where was I? Oh yes, you wanted me to speak in my own defense. Well, I wrote some notes down here, but I can't read them very well--you see, my husband threw his potato soup at me a few months ago--he said it was too bitter--and some of it burned my left eye, so it's hard for me to read. Anyway, let's see. Oh yes, well....
You could continue in this way and let the woman's pitiful character speak for her. It would be a unique approach. What do you think?
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