In Trifles by Susan Glaspell what is each woman's inner conflict?

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There are three women in Glaspell's Trifles.

Minnie Wright--while the audience never sees or hears Minnie speak through the whole play, she is a central character as the murderess.  Through Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale's discoveries and dialogue about Minnie, the audience envisions Minnie's inner conflict. A once lovely, joyful woman who enjoyed singing, Minnie became a timid, isolated housewife under her husband's coldness. Her inner conflict is her decision finally to stand up for the part of herself that she feels her husband has suffocated.  She obviously does not kill her husband in haste because she takes the time to murder him in a similar manner to how her husband killed her bird.

Mrs. Hale--a neighbor of Minnie Wright, Mrs. Hale possesses...

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