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Mrs. Peters In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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At the beginning of the short drama, “Trifles,” Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife, is painted as timid and submissive wife. She willingly submits herself to the responsibilities she has as a wife. As the play unfolds, Mrs. Peter’s submissiveness begins to diminish. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale work together to uncover the murder of Minnie Wright’s husband. When the women find the evidence, they refuse to share it with the men. Mrs. Peter’s character transforms into a more confident individual over the course of the play. The stage directions originally describe Mrs. Peters as a “slight wiry woman, with a thin nervous face” (1006). Mrs. Hale plays an important role in the development of Mrs. Peters. Mrs. Hale is the foil of Mrs. Peters. Her illustration…show more content…
Hale and Mrs. Peters find a dead canary and a broken bird cage, it becomes obvious that Mr. Wright was an aggressive and controlling husband. Mrs. Hale states, “No, Wright wouldn’t like the bird- a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too” (1012). The canary represents Minnie Foster. Before she married Mr. Wright, she was a joyful girl who sang in the church choir. After her and Mr. Wright get married, she is forced to stop singing and is stripped of her happiness. The broken cage represents Mr. and Mrs. Wright’s controlling marriage. The bird cage is violently broken to represent how Mrs. Wright violently escaped her marriage. The women’s discoveries cause Mrs. Peters to sympathize with Mrs. Wright. Ultimately, Mrs. Peters decides to stand up for what she believes. The character development of Mrs. Peters is driven by her sympathy for Mrs. Wright. At the beginning of “Trifles”, Mrs. Peters’ character is portrayed as anxious and insecure. The evidence the women find reveals that Mrs. Wright was trapped in a neglectful marriage. All of the insightful evidence influences Mrs. Peters to disregard her duties as Mr. Peters’ wife, and conceal the evidence from him. Despite Mrs. Peters original compliant and coy personality, the events throughout the play drive her to boldly protest submitting to the male
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