What is the meaning of tragic characters in "Trifles" according to Kriszner & Mandell (Fifth Edition)? Please help me. I've to explain 5 pages of term paper about tragic character in...

What is the meaning of tragic characters in "Trifles" according to Kriszner & Mandell (Fifth Edition)?

Please help me. I've to explain 5 pages of term paper about tragic character in Trifles. I hope you will help me.

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The tragic characters in "Trifles" are the women.  Minnie is a tragic heroine, and the women who support her are tragic characters, such as Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters.  Particularly, Mrs. Hale who conceals the evidence of the dead canary from the men in an effort to protect Minnie.

The women are portrayed as superior to the men, both morally and intellectually.  When they choose to break the law, they lose their moral high ground.  They make a tragic mistake, in an effort to save Minnie from prison.  She is found guilty of murder anyway.  The women sacrifice their integrity to conceal Minnie's guilt.

Mrs. Hale, is sympathetic towards Minnie,  her experience is a universal experience for women. 

"The most shocking act is the deliberate coverup of Mrs. Wright’s heinous act by two well intentioned but ultimately criminal conspirators. Their decision to cloak Mrs. Wright from the prying, but bumbling, eyes of the men in the play suggests a dubious sense of morality, and poses a frightening model of vigilante justice that, if widely adopted by those who felt neglected or marginalized, would seriously undermine the efforts of any judicial system."

The title of the piece is trifles, small things with little meaning, especially to the men, this marginalizes the lives of women.

The links below should be very helpful in your understanding of tragic characters in "Trifles" and in writing your paper. Good Luck!