A Comparison of Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright in Trifles, by Susan Glaspell

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In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, a small number of people are at the Wright house trying to figure out why and how Mr. Wright was murdered. Mrs. Wright is already the suspect, and all that is needed for the case is evidence for a motive. The jury needs something to show anger or sudden feeling so that they can convict her for murder. The men, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Peters, and Mr. Hale are there to find the evidence. The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are there to pick up a select few items for Mrs. Wright. While the men are going about business and looking for evidence to build a case against Mrs. Wright, the women are looking over what Mrs. Wright left behind and intuitively trying to understand what happened. They are also…show more content…
Wright's is especially made evident when Mrs. Hale goes on to say, "I wonder how it would seem never to have had any children around. No, Wright wouldn't like the bird- a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too" (Glaspell 1268). From this, we can conclude that the Wright couple did not have children because Mr. Wright would not like the liveliness that children usually have about them. It can also be gathered that Mrs. Wright had a pet canary as a companion because Mr. Wright did not even care enough about her sanity to converse with her. He even went as far as twisting the bird's neck just to maintain his "peace and quiet." Unlike Mr. Wright, Mrs. Hale is kind, caring, and compassionate. She recalls Mrs. Wright as the young Minnie Foster who was an effervescent and fascinating girl. Furthermore, Mrs. Hale detects Mrs. Wright's transformation into a dreary, quiet woman as the times fly by. Mrs. Hale feels miserable for Mrs. Wright and regrets not partaking in visits to minimize her cheerlessness in life. This statement from Mrs. Hale to Mrs. Peters is proof of this characteristic, "I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be- for women. I tell you, it's queer, Mrs. Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things- its just a different kind of the same thing" (Glaspell 1269). She knows that Mrs. Wright was isolated and undoubtedly lonesome after her marriage. Despite an incident like this heinous

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