Why is the dead bird a significant piece of evidence in Trifles?

The dead bird is a significant piece of evidence in Trifles as it tells us how and why Mrs. Wright snapped and killed her husband. Mr. Wright broke the bird's neck with a rope, and in response his wife flipped and killed him in the exact same way. The bird is clear evidence of Mrs. Wright's motive in killing her husband, which is why Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale hide it before anyone can see it.

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The bird is important because it provides a possible motive for the murder of Mr. Wright. When the women find the bird, with its neck broken, wrapped in a piece of silk in the sewing box, they immediately intuit what has happened. As a girl, Mrs. Wright was lively, and a good singer; thirty years of marriage to her taciturn husband has left her a shell of her former self. The bird, also a good singer, must have been a way for Mrs. Wright to cope with the endless work of farm life. The women surmise that Mr. Wright in a fit of impatience or vindictiveness killed the bird, and that his wife killed him in a fit of retaliation.

In a larger sense, the bird is important because it symbolizes how the emotional lives of women are unknown (and potentially unknowable) to the men. When the women come to crime scene, they immediately are able to understand the significance of small details in the room, which have significance to them because of their shared background as farm women. The importance...

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