Theme Analysis of the play Trifles Essay

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A play can be analyzed in multiple ways. One of these ways is through the play’s theme. The theme of a work is often a statement about life and the human condition. In the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, the theme noticing the little things can make a difference can be explained through plot, character, and setting.
The theme can be developed through the plot. In Trifles, Mr. Wright was found murdered in his bed, so the police arrested his wife. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, neighbors of the Wrights, went to Mrs. Wright’s house to pick up some things for her while she was in jail. As they were looking for Mrs. Wright’s sewing kit, the women found a birdcage with its door torn open in the cupboard. After looking some more, Mrs. Hale and Mrs.
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Wright as the murderer.
Along with plot, character can help develop the theme. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters say that Mrs. Wright used to be lively and social, and used to sing in the choir. However, Mrs. Wright now stays in her home most of the time. The women also say that Mr. Wright was a hard man. He might have made Mrs. Wright give up her friends and her singing. When Mrs. Wright got a canary, Mr. Wright might have strangled it because he did not like its singing. Mrs. Wright might then have murdered Mr. Wright for taking away the one thing she had left.
Setting can also be used to develop the theme. The setting in the play was Mrs. Wright’s kitchen. The Wrights’ house was isolated, down in a hollow. The isolation, coupled with not going to town any more, might have felt terrible for Mrs. Wright. In the 1920’s, the woman’s place was traditionally in the kitchen, so any clues about Mrs. Wright would be in her kitchen. She had left a mess out in the kitchen: a half-wiped table, unwashed pots and pans, a dishtowel lying out, and a misplaced loaf of bread. Mrs. Wright would only have left a mess if she was in a hurry or was interrupted, such as by Mr. Wright coming in and killing the canary.
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters showed that noticing the little things could make a difference. By noticing the mess in the kitchen and finding the strangled canary, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters were able to figure out that Mrs. Wright killed Mr.
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