By the end of Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters choose to conceal the evidence that reveals the motive for the murder. Is their decision ethical?

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters decide not to reveal the evidence they find that implicates Mrs. Wright in the murder of her husband. The main clue they uncover is Mrs. Wright's dead bird, which is in its cage with a broken neck. They put together what might have happened and think that Mr. Wright killed his wife's beloved bird and that she killed her husband in retaliation.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters decide to hide the evidence in part because they think the men will not believe them or consider the evidence they found important. Mrs. Peters says that the men will laugh if they hear her story, though Mrs. Hale is not so sure. They are used to the men discounting what they say and thinking that women do not understand weighty, serious affairs like murder. In addition, they conceal the evidence because they are sympathetic towards Mrs. Wright. Earlier in the play, they say that it was a crime that Mrs. Wright, who once was so lively, had to live in an isolated farmhouse with no company. When...

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