In Trifles, where are Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters while Mr. Hale explains to the county attorney how the murder was discovered? How does their location suggest the relationship between the men and the women in the play?

In Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters remain in the cold near the door while Mr. Hale explains how the crime was discovered. This demonstrates a gender dynamic in which the men consider themselves to be superior to the women and the women accept the roles that the men have given them.

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In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell , Mr. Hale tells the story of the murder discovery to the county attorney George Henderson and Sheriff Henry Peters. The women have accompanied the men to the remote farmhouse for the investigation into the murder of John Wright, but they are...

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In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, Mr. Hale tells the story of the murder discovery to the county attorney George Henderson and Sheriff Henry Peters. The women have accompanied the men to the remote farmhouse for the investigation into the murder of John Wright, but they are not initially involved.

As the play opens, the three men go straight to the stove, which is already warm, having been started earlier by the Sheriff's assistant Frank. The two women, however, remain together by the door, even though it is colder there.

Mr. Hale relates how he stopped by the farmhouse with his son Harry while they were on their way to town with some potatoes. He wanted to ask Mr. Wright about installing a party phone line. Mrs. Wright was sitting alone in a rocking chair, and she told Mr. Hale that her husband was dead upstairs. Mr. Hale and his son Harry went upstairs and found Mr. Wright dead with a rope around his neck.

All the time that Mr. Hale gives the long explanation of what he and his son observed on their previous visit to the farmhouse, the women remain standing by the door. They do not move farther into the room until the sheriff says "Nothing here but kitchen things" and the county attorney opens a cupboard and finds a sticky mess of broken jars of preserved fruit. When Mr. Hale says that "women are used to worrying over trifles," the women move closer to each other again, as if in defense. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters do not begin to move freely around the room until the men have gone upstairs and they are alone.

From the way that the men stride straight into the room to the stove while the women linger by the door, it is evident that the men have a condescending relationship toward the women. The men consider the women to be inferiors whose places are in the running of households and nowhere else. The women are aware that the men feel this way, and they are so used to their roles that they habitually fall into them. They only step further into the room when a household issue, the freezing and breaking of Mrs. Wright's preserved fruit, comes up, and they only feel free to move about and converse with each other when the men have left.

We see, then, that the location of the women at the beginning of Trifles signifies the gender roles that they play and their relationships with the men as supposed inferiors. The irony in the play Trifles is that despite the fact that the women are regarded as inferiors, they are the ones who find the evidence that the men have been searching for and decide not to share it so they can protect Mrs. Wright.

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