What are the trifles in Glaspell’s Trifles?

The titular "trifles" in Glaspell's play are the small, seemingly insignificant pieces of evidence that reveal Mrs. Wright's motivation to kill her husband. The trifles include Mrs. Wright's frozen preserves, her erratic stitching, the broken bird cage, and the dead canary.

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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. Sheriff Henry Peters, George Henderson, and Lewis Hale are portrayed as arrogant men who dismiss their wives's opinions. The men refrain from closely investigating the kitchen, where Mrs. Wright spent the majority of her time. When George Henderson asks if there is anything important in the kitchen that would point to a motive, Sheriff Henry Peters responds by saying, "Nothing here but kitchen things." Mrs. Peters then notices Mrs. Wright's frozen preserves and sympathizes with her misfortune. The men quickly dismiss her finding and Mr. Hale remarks, "Well, women are used to worrying over trifles."

Once the men leave the kitchen, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover small yet significant pieces of evidence which point to Mrs. Wright's motive. The two women notice that Mrs. Wright's bread has been...

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