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In the play Trifles, what was Minnie's reason for killing her husband and the bird?

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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What is the setting of 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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Why did Mrs. Wright kill her husband?   She killed him over a small bird

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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Are there any more reasons for Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters not to tell the men that they have discovered Mrs. Wright's...

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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What is the meaning of the title Trifles by Glaspell?

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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Who killed John Wright in 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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Analyze the character Mrs. Hale in the play Trifles.

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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What are the similarties and the differences between the play Trifles and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers"?

The play, Trifles, and the short story,"A Jury of Her Peers," both by Susan Glaspell, are the same story told through a different medium. As such, there is little variation between them. The...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2017 9:02 pm UTC

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What is a plot synopsis of Susan Glaspell's play "Trifles"?

The play "Trifles" takes place in the dirty, chaotic kitchen of Mrs. Minnie Wright one cold winter day. The sheriff, the attorney, and a neighbor come to the house to investigate the death of Mr....

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in the drama Trifles.

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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What is the importance of the bird to the overall action and tone of Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles"?

The little canary is a trifle whose significance is only known by the women because they do not share its discovery with the men. In a sense, the canary symbolizes Mrs. Wright (the former Minnie...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010 11:45 am UTC

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Was the murder justified in Trifles? Why do the women conceal the evidence? 

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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What does the phrase "knot it" imply in Trifles? Is there any difference between quilting and knotting?

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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What are the main literary elements that are used in Trifles?

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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How does Mrs. Peters's character change and develop over the play Trifles?

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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In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, what differences between men and women does this play imply?

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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In Susan Glaspell's Trifles, what are key symbols besides the birdcage?

The one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell concerns a murder investigation after the death of John Wright, a local farmer. Wright's wife Minnie has been arrested for the murder. The investigation...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 2:04 am UTC

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What is a description of Minnie Foster/Wright in Trifles?

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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Why does Mrs Wright seem so concerned about the fate of her preserves in Trifles? Why does she want an apron and...

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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What are the trifles that the men ignore and the two women notice, and why does this happen?

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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Why is the dead bird a significant piece of evidence in Trifles?

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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In Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters hide the box with the bird’s body in it. Why?

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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What is the main theme of the play "Trifles?"

A big theme in "Trifles" is the illustration of traditional gender roles. The men in the play display personalities of purpose and analytical skills in conducting their investigation. The men...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 7:31 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in play 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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What are the trifles in Glaspell’s Trifles?

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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What do the two women find in Mrs.Wright's sewing box in Trifles? What could they be thinking when their eyes meet in...

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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By the end of Trifles, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters choose to conceal the evidence that reveals the motive for the...

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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Why does Mrs. Hale feel so guilty about not visiting Mrs. Wright more often? Why does Mrs. Hale feel such tremendous...

After she looks around the stark house of the Wrights, becoming disturbed by the worn and shabby clothes of Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Hale experiences guilt for not having visited Minnie Foster. For, she...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2015 4:59 pm UTC

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Why don't the men in Susan Glaspell's Trifles understand why Mrs. Wright would have killed her husband?

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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In Trifles, what was Mrs. Wright's change before and after marriage?

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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What is the theme of the story "Trifles" written by Susan Glaspell?

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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What does the bird in Trifles represent? A) nothing B) Mrs.wright C) the Wrights marriage. D) Mr.Wright

Well, given your choices, I would answer that the bird in Trifles represents Mrs. Wright. Minnie is a beautiful caged bird in her marriage to the dark and unforgiving Mr. Wright. Through the...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2012 4:09 pm UTC

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Where is an example of dramatic irony in the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell?

Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows what characters in a play do not. What the audience of Trifles learns, along with wives exploring Mrs. Wright's kitchen, is the reason why Mrs. Wright...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 12:31 pm UTC

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In "Trifles", what are the different types of figurative language used?

To build off of the previous answer, Susan Glaspell does not use a lot of figurative language within her one-act play, Trifles. This is because she so precisely uses one moment of figurative...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 9:50 pm UTC

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Which of the stage directions from part one of Trifles are designed to express emotion?

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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What are some examples of situational irony and verbal irony in Trifles?

There is verbal irony first of all in the title of the play. Practically all clues appear trifling (Sherlock Holmes famously told Watson that his method was founded on the observation of trifles)....

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 8:16 am UTC

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In "Trifles," Mrs. Hale notices that, while most of Mrs. Wright’s sewing is very neat, her most recent stitching is...

In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, a group of people come to a remote farmhouse to investigate the murder of John Wright, the owner of the farm. His wife, Mrs. Wright, is being held as...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 1:58 am UTC

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Analyze the character of Mrs. Wright in the drama Trifles.

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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In Trifles, Why is the statement "Women are used to worrying over trifles" ironic?

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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How does the setting of Trifles contribute to our understanding of Minnie Wright’s position?

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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Where do you find foreshadowing in the play Trifles?

When the county attorney puts his hand on the shelf of Mrs. Wright's cupboard, he finds that the shelf is sticky. Mrs. Peters comments that Mrs. Wright's preserve jars have broken because they...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 1:04 am UTC

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What is the significance of the kitchen as a setting for Glaspell's 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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Minnie Wright is the main character in Trifles, so why does Glaspell keep her offstage?

Minnie Wright is kept offstage because she functions more as a thematic centerpiece of the play than a dynamic character. We do not need to know anything about her individual personality and...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

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In Trifles, why did Mr. Hale stop by the Wrights' house (he was the one who discovered the scene)?

Another aspect to Mr. Hale stopping in on the Wrights is that he hoped by talking about the party line in front of Mrs. Wright, John Wright would change his mind, though he notes, "I didn't know as...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 12:52 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale in "Trifles"?

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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Why don't Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Hale reveal the evidence they discover in Trifles by Susan Glaspell?

The one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell takes place in the kitchen of a remote farmhouse, where the dead body of a farmer named John Wright has been discovered. His wife, Minnie Wright, has been...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 3:15 am UTC

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In "Trifles" how is the telephone a symbol?  

The telephone symbolizes a line of communication and a catalyst for human companionship. The phone also symbolizes freedom, because it would allow Mrs. Wright to escape her home, if only through...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2018 5:57 pm UTC

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To what extent is the play Trifles a product of the time in which it was written and initially produced, and to what...

Susan Glaspell's one-act play, Trifles, was first performed in 1916 and was based on a murder that took place in 1900. Society has changed tremendously in that time, and the attitudes depicted in...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2020 10:47 pm UTC

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Trifles What are the inner conflicts that Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters have in the play Trifles?

These are women married to men who represent the power of society, and the control of sporadic situation. Moreover, the women, as their wives, are paradoxically meant to represent the exact...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2011 1:06 am UTC

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In Trifles, what did the women find in the kitchen to determine Mrs. Wright's guilt? Give 5 examples and explain...

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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