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Do you think Mrs. Wright was abused? Explain your answer with evidence from the play.

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The one-act play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell tell the same story. They are concerned with a murder that takes place at a remote farmhouse in Iowa.

Mrs. Minnie Wright has been arrested as a suspect in the killing of her husband, John Wright. A team composed of Lewis Hale, a farmer who lives nearby, Sheriff Peters, and the county attorney Mr. Henderson go to the farmhouse to search for clues. They are accompanied by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. While the men roam around the house and property, they leave the women alone in the kitchen.

During the course of their search through the kitchen for things that Mrs. Wright might need in her jail cell, the women talk to each other about the case and find subtle clues that suggest Mrs. Wright may have committed the murder, but she was also mistreated by her husband.

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