What is the significance of Minnie Wright's dead canary in Trifles?

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In Susan Glaspell's play, Trifles, Mrs. Wright has been taken into custody, suspected of killing her husband as he slept.

Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale come with the sheriff and other men who are looking for evidence; the women will gather some of Mrs. Wright's things to take to her.

The men move through the house and make comments about Mrs. Wright's housekeeping, showing their ignorance of what a woman's life is really like: it is hard to keep a house and clean towels when a husband tracks in dirt; that putting up jelly is hard work and losing the jars from freezing would upset her for the time and effort lost. The men dismiss these things as "trifles."

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters take exception to the comments: they, too, work hard with little recognition for their labors. Knowing of Mrs. Wright before she married, of her love of singing and sweet disposition, they wonder what changed her:

MRS. HALE. She--come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself--real sweet and pretty, but kind...

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