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In Susan Glaspell's Trifles, what are key symbols besides the birdcage?

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The one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell concerns a murder investigation after the death of John Wright, a local farmer. Wright's wife Minnie has been arrested for the murder. The investigation takes place at Wright's farmhouse. A farmer named Lewis Hale, Sheriff Peters, and the county attorney George Henderson are looking for clues, and they are accompanied by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. The men leave the women in the kitchen while they go about the house. They are obviously being condescending and consider the women incapable of offering much assistance. However, the women uncover clues to the murder that they eventually decide not to share with the men. The theme of the play concerns the gender divide between the men and the women and how it demeans the women and hinders the investigation.

Besides the birdcage, there are several important symbols in the play. For instance, the party telephone line that Mr. Hale suggested to John Wright symbolizes connection with the community. One of...

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