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, two women come along to take a few of Mrs. Wright's things to her in prison. This story speaks to the male-dominated society, in which females are delegated to their kitchens. The men judge them by how they keep house; they are dismissed as having nothing important in their lives: how difficult is it (they infer) for a woman to cook and wash dishes.
The activity in the kitchen highlights the attitudes of the men and women's strengths, and exposes the violent nature of Mr. Wright.
The men are dismissive of the hard work a woman faces in maintaining a home. For example, preserving jelly is a long process done on hot summer days when the fruit is ripe, and its success helps to feed a family in the colder months. When Mrs. Wright's preserves break, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters realize what a loss this...
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