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Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles” is a short drama that plays out the events of a murder mystery concerning the death of John Wright. Two women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter, along with a Sheriff and County Attorney inspect the cold empty farmhouse of the now deceased John Wright for any clues or evidence that can help them discover who the murder is. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters straighten out and organizes Mrs. Wright’s belongings in the kitchen only to discover evidence that implies Mrs. Wright murdered her husband. Although this play only contains one act, Glaspell manages to pack various symbols that touch on themes such as male oppression and drive the plot to its climax, Mrs. Hale’s and Mrs. Peters’ epiphany about Mrs. Wright. Various symbols throughout…show more content…
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are concerned about Mrs. Wrights’ work now in vain since the preserves jar has been shattered, the men just seemed to ridicule the women’s worries. Hale comments, “women are used to worrying about over trifles” (1412). The shattered jar of cherry preserves symbolizes women’s hard work. Glaspell used this symbol to tie in with the theme of men’s and women’s societal relationship. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters worry about the shattered jar because they can empathize with Mrs. Wrights’ work as women while the men are ignorant of it. The writer of the play may be using this symbol to portray how men tend to ignores women’s efforts and work in the time era the drama was written…show more content…
It is still uncertain whether or not Mrs. Wright is the actual murder of her husband. Assuming that she is, many hidden meanings and themes become clearer to the reader. It’s ironic how the women found more evidence than the men who arrogantly take pride in their jobs as investigators. Referring to the women’s findings as simply “trifles”, they fail to see the usefulness of a woman’s perspective on who or why someone might have killed Mr. Wright. Drawing a distinct line of difference in perspective shows how disconnected gender relations. She wrote this murder mystery to offer the two perspectives of men and women to the reader in order to make them realize what they seem to be unaware of in their day to day
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