Mrs Wright Self Destruction Analysis

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The Causes and Results of Mrs. Wright’s Self-Destruction Everyone is responsible for their own actions, including the ones they don't take, even if the cause or reason roots from another source. This concept is hidden in the play “Trifles”, written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. Taking place in the early 1900s, the script is based off of the common social patterns of that time period. The plot is centered around the murder of Mr. Wright by his wife, who was socially and emotionally neglected by him. Readers typically pin the blame of her shocking actions on Mr. Wright, who was aggressive and aloof to his spouse behind closed doors. Admittedly this was a critical and obvious reason behind the murder, but it obscures the fact that Mrs. Wright’s…show more content…
COUNTY ATTORNEY. To be sure. And yet [With a little bow to her] I know there are some Dickson county farmhouses which do not have such roller towels. [He gives it a pull to expose its full length again MRS. HALE. Those towels get dirty awful quick. Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be. (Glaspell 3) This passage shows how Mrs. Wright had to clean up after her husband frequently and received no appreciation. Furthermore, when being questioned by the county attorney during the murder investigation, Mrs. Hale, the next door neighbor, speaks of all the additional work Mrs. Wright was subjected to. In the beginning of the questioning, Mrs. Hale reflects on Mrs. Wright. “I liked her well enough. Farmers’ wives have their hands full, Mr. Henderson (Glaspell 4).” Mrs. Wright was expected to cook, clean, and knit, like most other women in that time period. As an outcome of her incessant chores, she seldom left her own home, mirroring the concept of being her husband’s possession. She was unmotivated to thrive as her own person and instead chose to cage herself into the stereotype placed upon her. To further explain the how perception of women in the early nineteenth century affected the characters, “Trifles” includes many instances where the men mock and underappreciate Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Hale. While the county attorney, sheriff, and Mr. Hale search the house, they collectively comment on the activities performed in
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