Susan Glaspell Trifles

Decent Essays
Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell takes place in the home of Mr. and Ms. Wright. County attorney Henderson, Sheriff Peters and his wife, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale, neighbors of the Wright family, investigate the Wright home after Mr. Hale came across Mr. Wright’s carcass. Mr. Hale went to visit Mr. Wright in hopes he would come into town with him. While investigating the house, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover multiple tiny clues that could seal the deal for Mrs. Wright’s prosecution such as the fruit preserves, the dead canary, and the fact that Ms. Wright did not wake during her husband’s rendezvous with death. Based on their own intuitions and knowledge of Mrs. Wright, the women agree to keep these clues hidden to prevent Ms. Wright from being proven guilty. Early on, the two women notice the broke jars of frozen preserves in the pantry. “Here’s a nice mess”, the court attorney says sarcastically referring to the fruit (Glaspell 1388). Ms. Wright was so worried about her preserves and keeping them warm. It is concluded by the women that she failed to care for preserves as she was preoccupied with other things. Mr. Hale explains, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” (Glaspell 1389). If Mrs. Wright wouldn’t have been preoccupied with killing her husband she could have built a fire to keep the preserves…show more content…
Wright is clearly the reason for her husband’s death, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters both keep secrets that they find from the house hidden from the attorney and the sheriff. They both believe that Mrs. Wright is not the reason, but it is not the women’s place to be deciding what happens to Mrs. Wright. Amidst observing the Wright house after Mrs. Wright is taken into custody, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find small clues around the house that could send Mrs. Wright straight to prison such as the broken jars of preserves, the fact that Mrs. Wright did not wake while her husband was being murdered, and the dead
Get Access