Glaspell rewrote the play “Trifles” as a short story and changed the title to "A Jury of Her Peers."1) What is the meaning behind that title? 2) Which of the two titles do you prefer? Why?

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chicagorilke23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Susan Glaspell's title, Trifles is about the little things that people miss. The title implies that someone is missing something or is not taking something seriously. Whatever is missing comes across as a mundane detail. These seemingly innocent details are what invite the reader into the story and has them guessing what is really meant by the title of Trifles.

Glaspell's other title, A Jury of Her Peers alludes to the fact that a crime is going to take place and that whoever is at fault, has to face a jury of their peers. The title implies a more serious tale and that there is nothing trifle about the events of the story. Just as the work labeled Trifles, the title invites the reader into the story. The reader is invited to play along in a murder mystery.

I feel the title Trifles is more engaging for the reader. It barely touches on the details of the story. It also allows the reader a chance to consider what the story is going to be about without having more information in the title to guide their thoughts in one direction or another.