What trifles in the story Trifles have implications?There are some trifles in the story which have some implications to demonstrate the theme such as the roller towel and the broken jam jar....

What trifles in the story Trifles have implications?

There are some trifles in the story which have some implications to demonstrate the theme such as the roller towel and the broken jam jar. Please analyze the two things and other things which also have the same function.

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The play Trifles is presents us with two worlds: the world as men see it and the world of women, which, as we see in the play, men are blind to. The title of the play comes from a line that Hale gives: "Well, women are used to worrying over trifles." This is in response to the Attorney's statement that Mrs. Wright should have been worrying about more than just her preserves. Very quickly, the opening pages establish that the kitchen is full of what to the men are just "trifles" that they cannot understand or interpret, but which the women are able to comprehend and gain meaning from. For example, when the Attorney criticises Mrs. Wright because of the dirty towels, Mrs. Hale is able to correct him by explaining how quickly towels get dirty by men's hands.

As the play progresses the irony of the situation becomes clearer. The men are constantly active in this play - moving from one room to the next, trying to find anything that would give a motive to explain the crime and incriminate Mrs. Wright. They are blind to the kitchen and overlook key clues. The women, on the contrary, remain in the kitchen, perhaps a symbol of their world, full of signs and objects that only they can interpret. Thus they are able to comment on the jobs that remained unfinished and what Mrs. Wright was going to do before the disaster happened, such as the bread that was set, and where she was going to put it.

The women's ability to interpret what they see becomes key upon the discovery of the discovery of the bird, which Mrs. Hale implicitly relates to Mrs. Wright: "She used to sing. He killed that, too." Thus the women are able to piece together the motive for the crime that the men are so intent on finding, discerning that Mrs. Wright finally killed her husband because he killed her bird, which was the final straw. In the end, they women agree together to hide the bird, in case the men are able to draw any conclusions from it. Another repeated reference is made to the quilt of Mrs. Wright that is found. The men laugh at the women's debating whether Mrs. Wright was going to "quilt it or not it", and they refer repeatedly to this as if to underline the women's inability to focus on anything other than "trifles". Of course, this only adds to the irony that it is the women through the knowledge of their trifles have solved the mystery whereas the men remain ignorant.

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