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Trifles

In the play Trifles, Minnie actually kills her husband because he killed her bird. The bird, a canary, meant everything to Minnie, so when her husband broke its neck, she got mad and in a fit of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2020, 4:00 pm (UTC)

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The main theme of Susan Glaspell’s play is female solidarity. When Trifles begins, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters do not know each other well. They quickly form a team and settle into their task of...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2021, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are aware that the dead bird they have found could easily be used as incriminating evidence against Mrs. Wright in the murder of her husband. But out of sympathy for Mrs....

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

Susan Glaspell's one-act play Trifles examines how men and women communicate with each other. Men are often oblivious to what women are trying to communicate because they consider themselves...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 12:37 am (UTC)

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In the stage directions, Mrs. Hale is introduced as a larger woman than Mrs. Peters and one who "would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking," were it not for the fact that she is looking...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2020, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover several significant pieces of evidence, which establish Mrs. Wright's motive to kill her husband. While the men are searching...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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Though she is never seen in the play, Minnie Wright is the primary focus of the narrative. By the beginning of the action, the characters are exploring the now empty home of Minnie and her husband,...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020, 8:58 am (UTC)

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It is a dead canary that Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale find in Mrs. Wright’s sewing box. Their “growing comprehension of horror” is due to the fact that in this moment, they realized exactly why Mrs....

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 8:48 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

The women piece together what happened by looking at the trifles in the kitchen that the male police officers disparage. They know that Minnie Wright killed her husband John Wright. First, they...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020, 2:28 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are physically contrasted in the stage directions at the beginning of the play. Mrs. Hale is larger and, ordinarily, more comfortable looking, whereas Mrs. Peters is...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019, 7:27 am (UTC)

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Trifles

Trifles is a one-act play first written and performed in 1916. In it, Glaspell explores the differences between the male and female experience in that time period. As the play opens, Mrs. Hale and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021, 9:06 pm (UTC)

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The idea that Mrs. Wright was going to knot her quilt rather than sew it comes up over and over in the play, pointing to its importance. When a person knots a quilt, he or she uses fewer stitches,...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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The title Trifles refers to the dismissive way the men investigating the case of John Wright's murder treat all the bits of evidence that would have led them to solve the crime had they paid...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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While the men conduct their investigation of the Wright property, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters remain in the kitchen, where Mrs. Wright spent the majority of her time, and begin to notice small...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 1:16 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

Trifles is a one-act play that concerns the murder of Mr. Wright, an abusive husband who was killed by his wife. The characters of the story intend to piece together the events that led up to the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 7:41 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of symbols in Trifles, but one could reasonably argue that the most important is Mrs. Wright's dead bird. The dead bird, killed in a fit of rage by Mr. Wright, represents the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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The bird is important because it provides a possible motive for the murder of Mr. Wright. When the women find the bird, with its neck broken, wrapped in a piece of silk in the sewing box, they...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2020, 11:10 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters do not exactly conceal the evidence. They simply do not bring it to the attention of the men. They do this because they feel the killing of Mr. Wright was justified. There...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 8:10 am (UTC)

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An important literary device used in the play is foregrounding. Glaspell focuses centrally on what would normally be marginalized characters in a murder mystery: the wives of the detectives. Rather...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020, 3:30 am (UTC)

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Trifles

Trifles is a play of considerable nuance and it would be foolish to try to extract a single message or moral from it. One of its many meanings, however, is the idea that unquestioned dominance...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 9:58 am (UTC)

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Situational irony occurs when events turn out in a way that runs contrary to expectations. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows what one or more of the characters in a text do not. In...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 11:21 am (UTC)

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There are several clues that the women use to piece together Mrs. Wright's motive for murdering her husband. These are all found either in the kitchen or in the adjacent room. First, they notice...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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There is not too much time for a character to change and develop over this short a play. However, as Mrs. Peters becomes more aware of the circumstances of Minnie Wright's life, her sense of...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019, 11:51 am (UTC)

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Such an interesting question! At first, it seems the protagonist is John Wright, the deceased, who has obviously (maybe) been murdered by his wife, Minnie Wright. This would make her the...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011, 10:05 am (UTC)

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Before marriage, Mrs. Hale says that Mrs. Wright—when she was still Minnie Foster—"used to wear pretty clothes and be lively." She was "one of the town girls singing in the choir," but this was...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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More than anything else, Mrs. Hale is motivated by guilt. She's always regretted not having reached out to her neighbor, Minnie Foster, by visiting her more often. As Mrs. Hale takes a good look...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020, 11:03 am (UTC)

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In Susan Glaspell’s play, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters accompany their husbands to the Wright household. They proceed to look for clues that reveal Mrs. Wright's motive for killing her husband....

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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Throughout the play, the men laugh at the women for their interest in what they consider "trifles" of no importance. For example, as the play is beginning, the sheriff, Henry Peters, laughs at the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters decide not to reveal the evidence they find that implicates Mrs. Wright in the murder of her husband. The main clue they uncover is Mrs. Wright's dead bird, which is in...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 1:59 pm (UTC)

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The title of Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, is a meaningful clue to the reason that the men do not find the evidence of Mrs. Wright's having killed her husband. For, it is the small, apparently...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012, 3:17 am (UTC)

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Out of the many themes that this story expands upon, the most salient is gender inequality. A lot of topics surface under the umbrella of this theme. Among many other subthemes that exist within...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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Even though it is never actually confirmed, Glaspell makes it quite clear that Mrs. Wright did in fact kill her husband by strangling him with a rope. Mrs. Wright insists that her husband was...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Trifles is crucial to helping the audience understand Minnie Wright’s life and the reason she behaved as she did. In general terms, the characters state that the Wright farm was in...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019, 6:31 am (UTC)

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In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mr. Wright was strangled to death with a rope in the middle of the night by his wife, Minnie Wright. At the beginning of the play, George Henderson, Sheriff Henry...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 11:42 am (UTC)

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Trifles

The conflict that seems to be most evident in the play Trifles is the abrogation of the basic rights for safety and liberty, that all females deserve, by a male-dominated society. The tendency to...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2012, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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In the written text of a play, dialogue is the lines that the characters speak, while the author’s stage directions may provide background, describe the set, flesh out characterization, indicate...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020, 5:49 am (UTC)

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In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, several neighbors enter the Wrights' farmhouse to investigate the murder of John Wright, and Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters end up discovering significant evidence...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, the men overlook the signs that are obvious because they are not looking for them. They concentrate on finding evidence of someone coming into the house but fail...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2020, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are two women who are basically acquaintances and who are united in this play by their husbands. The men are investigating a crime scene: Mr. Wright has been murdered and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2018, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Susan Glaspell’s play operates successfully on several levels, so an effective thesis statement will depend on identifying one significant aspect on which to build. The play is a mystery insofar as...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019, 2:42 am (UTC)

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Trifles

In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, the sheriff, county attorney, and neighboring farmer arrive at the Wright homestead to investigate the murder of Mr. Wright. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters tag along to...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2020, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

Of course, the word trifles means something of little value or importance; however, as the title of Susan Glaspell's play, the word is certainly used ironically as it is, indeed, the seemingly...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2012, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

Sherlock Holmes remarked several times that his method was founded upon the observation of trifles, from which he was able to deduce matters of great importance. This is a convincing description of...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019, 1:04 am (UTC)

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Trifles

The kitchen in Glaspell's Trifles has a specific significance as the setting for the play. Minnie Wright is accused of murdering her husband in his sleep. When officials come to look for evidence,...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2013, 4:26 am (UTC)

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The broken jars are a symbol of how Mrs. Wright snapped and exploded, killing her husband. When they come to investigate, the men notice that Mrs. Wright's glass jars of preserves have exploded,...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2020, 12:28 pm (UTC)

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Trifles

In the one-act play by Susan Glaspell, Trifles, we find the characters of Mrs. Hale and Mrs Peters collecting items that Minnie Wright has requested from her jail cell, where she is held in...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012, 2:56 am (UTC)

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This statement, from which the play derives its title, is ironic because the resolution of the murder depends entirely on those "trifles." For all their bluster, the men are mostly clueless as to...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2012, 8:21 pm (UTC)

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The suspect of the murder of her husband, Mrs. Wright seems to have greatly changed from her youth thirty years ago in which she has been described by Mrs. Hale as "...one of the town girls singing...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012, 6:06 am (UTC)

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The following lines highlight how Mrs. Hale reacts to the men's behavior. Mrs. Hale is a little irritated that the men (county attorney George Henderson and sheriff Henry Peters) feel free to...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2017, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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In Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, Mrs. Minnie Wright has been accused of murdering her husband as he slept. A group of men and a pair of women arrive at the beginning of the play, entering the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011, 5:32 pm (UTC)

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