Susan Glaspell's Trifles Essay

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Susan Glaspell's Trifles

Susan Glaspell's Trifles explores the classical male stereotype of women by declaring that women frequently worry about matters of little, or no importance. This stereotype makes the assumption that only males are concerned with important issues, issues that females would never discuss or confront. The characters spend the entirety of the play searching for clues to solve a murder case. Ironically, the female characters, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, uncover crucial evidence and solve the murder case, not the male characters. The men in the play, the Sheriff, County Attorney, and Hale, search the scene of the crime for evidence on their own, and mock the women's discussions. The women's interest in the quilt,
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The women take a good look at the quilt, and notice how one of the sections is very sloppy and ?looks as if she doesn't know what she was about.? This section is very different from all of the other sections, and the women infer that Mrs. Wright was nervous when she was sewing that piece. They begin to wonder what would make Mrs. Wright so uneasy that she would start sewing carelessly.

Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale then search for more sewing supplies, which leads them to find the next clue, a broken bird cage door, inside of a cupboard. The women wonder why someone would break such a thing, and are curious as to where the bird is that lived inside of the cage. Mrs. Hale then explains how lonesome Mrs. Wright must have been, with her husband at work all day and having no children in the household. Mrs. Hale says that Mr. Wright was a ?hard man,? and she shivers when thinking about what it would be like ?just to pass the time of day with him.? The women then understand why the lonely woman would want a pet, such as a bird, around the house to keep her company.

Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale find their next clue, a dead canary, when they are looking for more sewing materials. The lifeless bird is found in a sewing basket wrapped in a piece of silk, and it looks as if someone choked the life out of the poor creature. The men then interrupt the women, and speak to them mockingly once again. The men notice the bird cage, but fail to take a closer look at