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by Susan Glaspell

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What is the significance of setting in Trifles?

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The main importance of the setting in Susan Glaspell's play Trifles is that, in all three of the realms within which it is described, it possesses and provides the clues that provide the solution to the main problem.

The play's problem consists on the finding out of what exactly happened at the home of Minnie and John Wright the night when Minnie apparently murdered John. More precisely, the sheriff and district attorney at the scene of the crime want to know what was the timeline of events that could help explain the commission of the crime, itself. The use of the setting, and the elements of suspense applied to the narrative, bring out the solution quite effectively.

Using the realm of time , or the era where the setting takes place, Glaspell provides clues that may inspire the audience to put together possible scenarios. For...

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