Trifles Questions and Answers
by Susan Glaspell

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Minnie Wright, perhaps the most important character in the play Trifles, never appears on stage. What clues to her character are in the play?

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In Susan Glaspell's Trifles, Minnie Wright, who never appears on stage, is oddly the character about whom the reader (or viewer) learns the most. What is learned about her comes from the other characters in the play—primarily Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters.

At the beginning of the play, it is revealed that Mrs. Wright is in jail, suspected of killing her husband. The sheriff, county attorney, and Hale go back and forth from the stage to offstage, while Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are on stage the entire time. The three men are tasked with finding evidence for Mr. Wright's murder; however, the "evidence" they seek is found and subsequently hidden by the two women.

Some clues to Mrs. Wright's character (as well as the "evidence" found by the two women) are as follows:

  • When Hale first encounters her, she is behaving in an odd manner; she nervously laughs when being questioned about her husband's death and is rocking back and forth in her chair.
  • While in prison, she asks for an apron, a shawl, and...

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