In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, what do the men see as trifles that the women see as significant?

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In Trifles by Susan Glaspell, the men view all of the daily household items (uneven quilting stitches, broken bird cage, unfinished kitchen chores, etc.) as insignificant. According to Mr. Hale, "Women are used to worrying about trifles" (Glaspell 132).

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, however, see these things quite differently. Each of these contribute to the theme of isolation Glaspell highlighted in this play and which affected character Minnie Wright's state of mind. These daily household items work together to paint a picture of the sad and lonely life Minnie Wright lived with her abusive husband. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters both come to understand the motive for Mr. Wright's murder, yet the men who are investigating the crime completely miss this information because of their sexist views.

The fatal flaw for the male characters in this play is the dismissive attitude they show the women. By treating the women as inferior and less important, the men ruin any chance they have at obtaining the...

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