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Who killed John Wright in Trifles?  

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The women piece together what happened by looking at the trifles in the kitchen that the male police officers disparage. They know that Minnie Wright killed her husband John Wright.

First, they realize from the messy and disorganized state of her kitchen that she must have been distraught. Then they find the damaged canary cage. It looks like someone wrenched off the door in a fit of rage. Not long after, they find the canary itself, carefully wrapped up with its neck broken. They realize that John must have killed the bird.

Mrs. Hale recalls what a bright, lively person Minnie once was, much like a canary. She also realizes that she should have visited Minnie more. The woman must have been lonely on the farm with no children and a harsh, uncommunicative husband. However, Mrs. Hale didn't like to visit because it was so depressing to do so.

Mrs. Peters remembers how upset she was as a child when a boy hacked her kitten to death with an axe. She understands the murderous rage that Minnie...

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