Moral Rights In Trifles

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Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”: Shifting Views Between What is Morally Right and Legally Right Susan Glaspell presents a play “Trifles” showing that in some situations people may be forced to change or even conform to some ideas which they consider moral as opposed to legal in the eyes of law. Should people choose what is morally right over what is legally right? In Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” the issue of morality and law is clearly illustrated and will focus on the factors that make Mrs. Peters shift her views at various points in the story. Mrs. Peters continually seems to change her mind over her legal and moral views as she is swayed to support morality or legality as a result of her sympathy towards Mrs. Wright who seems to have lived a life …show more content…

Wright life of isolation and abuse is a factor that makes Mrs. Peters shift her judgment from supporting the course of law that would stipulate the conviction of the suspect Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale who is with Mrs. Peters speaks on how her neighbor Mrs. Wright was living every day sad and isolated by saying “Not having children makes less work—but it makes a quiet house, and Wright out to work all day, and no company when he did come in” (1079). In fact, Mrs. Hale later express her guilt for not visiting the isolated Mrs. Wright “I wish I had come over sometimes when she was here “ (1079). Mrs. Peter is so moved by the stories that Mrs. Hale tells about Minnie Foster before she married, we also see in Russell Glaspell’s “Trifles” “Mrs. Hale subtly suggests that Mrs. Wright is not the sole agent in the death of Mr. Wright “ (1) that she decides to talk closer and in hushed voices to Mrs. Hale so as to protect Minnie Wright from any chauvinistic attitudes that may justify revenge as the reason for murder. This is also stated in Russell Glaspell’s “Trifles” “foreshadows the conspiracy of the three women and their efforts to control the outcome or the fate of all characters”

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