The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell exposes the traditional view of women in 1916. The men in the play express the current thinking of the masculine dominated world: women were incapable of doing anything but collecting the things that Minnie Wright needed while she was in jail. The men would do the thinking and investigating of the crime.
A victim of homicide, John Wright was found dead in his upstairs bedroom with a rope around his neck. He had been strangled to death. His wife was in bed. Her version stated that she was a deep sleeper, and had no idea what happened. Minnie Wright was charged with the murder.
The setting for the play is the downstairs area of the Wright home. The bedroom versus the kitchen portrays the typical male-dominated world. The women belong in the kitchen.
The characters in the play include the county attorney; Sheriff Peters and his wife; neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Hale; and Minnie Wright, who is never seen but is the subject of the play.
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