What is the rising action in the play "Trifles"?

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The concept of rising action was developed by Gustave Freytag, based on Aristotle's theory of drama, and refers to all of the complications, details, and conflicts that begin to mount up to trouble the protagonist on his or her way to resolving the conflict. Freytag created a triangle, or pyramid, to depict what happens in drama (or any narrative), and rising action appears in the middle of the left-hand leg of the pyramid.

The rising action in Trifles begins with the introduction of the women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who are ostensibly in Minnie Wright's kitchen to pick up some clothes for her while she is in jail and while the men—Mr. Hale, the Sheriff (Peters), and the County Attorney—look for evidence that will confirm Minnie Wright's guilt in the murder of her husband. One of the primary conflicts begins as the men are surveying the kitchen, and they decide to look upstairs and in the barn for clues because, as the Sheriff points out, "Nothing here but kitchen things." To the men,...

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