Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Essay

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The first reading I enjoyed was Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”. The main character in the plat is a sheriff, his wife, the county attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale. The opening scene is all of them in John Wright’s kitchen. Mr. Hale tells the sheriff and attorney how he a visited the house on the day before day and Mrs. Wright greeted him but her demeanor was little suspicions. She told him that her husband was upstairs dead. She says she was asleep when someone choked her husband to death. All the men suspect she is the murderer. While the men look for evidence in the house they criticize Mrs. Wright’s housekeeping skills and that really irritates Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter, the sheriff’s wife. While the men continue to look around the house,…show more content…
They were on their way to New York City and had about a week left onboard. They are manly type of men. Yank, is the know-it-alls woker. When Yank speaks the men listens. Yank is a proud man. Paddy was the eldest of the men. He felt work life onboard the Ocean Liner was a piece of cake compared to his work onboard a Clipper Ship. Mildred, a wealth passenger volunteered with Manhattan's Lower East Side’s less fortunate and was on her way to do volunteer services in Europe. Mildred's Aunt believed Mildred's service to the less fortunate is "slumming" and does not understand why she has to do it in another country. She takes a tour of the ships and walks into the men work area. She walks in on one of Yank’s rants. Disgusted by Yank’s appearance and behavior she mumbles that he was a filthy beast. Paddy told Yank Mildred looked at him like he was a big "hairy ape." That angered Yank. Yank ends up getting arrested because he makes a Gentleman in Manhattan miss his bus. While Yank is imprisoned on Blackwell's Island he finds out that Mildred’s father built both the physical and metaphorical cage that had him trapped. His fellow prisoner tells him he should join the Wobblies or the Industrial Workers of the World. In Scene Seven, Yank visits the local I.W.W. but they kicked him out because the Secretary thought he was a government spy. In the eighth scene, Yank tried to become friends with an ape.
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