Tensions In Trifles

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“Trifles,” Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale band together as a counterbalance against the men conducting the John Wright murder investigation that leads to Mrs. Wright. Glaspell creates an empathy between the female characters for the disproportionate role women have. As the play progresses, tensions begin to surface, the men critiquing Mrs. Wright’s housekeeping abilities, the women gradually start to defend her, and eventually covering up evidence that would likely lead the men to her committing the murder. Mrs. Hale appears to be on empathetic towards Mrs. Wright: “Looking her up in town and then coming out here and trying to get her own house against her!” Mrs. Peters is initially hesitant, affirming the rules of men: “But Mrs. Hale, the law is
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