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How is the theme of sisterhood depicted in Susan Glaspell's play Trifles?

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The relationship between Mrs. Hale, a farmer's wife, and Mrs. Peters, the sheriff's wife, and their instinctive and tacit readiness to conspire to protect Mrs. Wright from prosecution demonstrates the theme of sisterhood in Susan Glaspell's 1916 play, Trifles.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters instinctively move close to one another when Hale uncharitably observes "women are used to worrying over trifles." Mrs. Hale tells the county attorney that "there's a great deal of work to be done on a farm" when he is openly insulting about the state of the Wrights' home, placing the blame on Mrs. Wright. When the attorney goes on to comment "loyal to your sex, I see... I suppose you were friends, too," Mrs. Hale corrects him, telling him that she hadn't been in the Wright house for over a year. This is a demonstration of the idea of sisterhood among women; Glaspell suggests that there is an unspoken bond between women because of their marginalization at the hands of men.

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