I Sleep Sound By Susan Glaspell

1867 WordsAug 10, 20148 Pages
“I sleep sound” (Glaspell 619). These are the words of a woman defending herself against a horrific crime. Sound: it is a word that strikes us as something that might keep us up at night. In the correct context, it obviously implies noise. People often say, “That is an annoying sound,” or, “that sound is deafening.” These are what we think of when we hear the word, sound. Susan Glaspell’s play, “Trifles,” covers a crime scene that includes one witness, Mr. Frank Hale, who quotes the only suspect in a case involving the murder of the accused’s husband. When used in the context referring to sleep, however, sound is a magical and refreshing descriptor, mostly considered to mean ‘like the dead.’ In a small town, not too far from Omaha in the early 1900’s, that is certainly what Minnie Wright means when she says the word. Glaspell efforts to paint the picture of a woman battered by her husband for years, though, not necessarily in a physical manner. She further displays evidence that entices readers to prematurely condemn the childless widow to a life in prison, but any lawyer, or detail oriented analyst can see that she, while not necessarily innocent of the crime, can in no way be convicted of gruesomely slaying her husband. First of all, there is no concrete evidence that Mrs. Wright committed this offense. The crime was committed during the night, in a house which contained a gun, which both residents knew about. During a discussion with Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale claims, “There

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