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What is the setting of Trifles?  

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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 death, and they do so by exploring the singular and confined setting of the play.

As a one-act play, the setting of Trifles is not subject to a great deal of change. Specifically, the entirety of the action takes place in a rural Iowa house. Furthermore, the scenes are almost entirely relegated to the kitchen of the house. The kitchen is in a state of disarray, with several exploded food cans and dishes dirtying the area. The style of kitchen is typical of one in the early 1900s, and the extreme mess that juxtaposes with the clean and pristine stereotype of a kitchen of this type indicates the rage that must have been building in Minnie Wright during the events leading up to the play. As she was never allowed an outlet, she repressed her feelings for many years, with only her close friends...

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