"Trifles: " a Moral Justifacation for Murder Essay

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Trifles: A Moral Justification for Murder
The one act play “Trifles” depicts the views and passions of both men and women during the late-nineteenth century regarding the role of a woman. The characters in the play are the County Attorney, the Sheriff, and Mr. Hale, who are accompanied by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters into the Wright’s home to investigate the murder of Mr. Wright. The men feel that the women are only concerning themselves with little things and make several condescending comments throughout the play displaying their views. While the men search for clues upstairs and in the outside barn yard, it is the women who cleverly piece together several clues leading to Mrs. Wright’s guilt in the murder mystery. But, because of the
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In the meanwhile, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, the wives of Mr. Hale and the Sheriff, are left in the kitchen area to gather a few items for Mrs. Wright, while she is in jail awaiting the investigation.

Mrs. Peters began looking through the closet for Mrs. Wright’s requested items, while Mrs. Hale spoke of how much Mrs. Wright had changed since childhood, “Wright was close. I think maybe that's why she kept so much to herself. She didn't even belong to the Ladies Aid. I suppose she felt she couldn't do her part, and then you don't enjoy things when you feel shabby. She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that--oh, that was thirty years ago” (Glaspell 1340); this statement implies to the reader that Mr. Wight was the main cause of Mrs. Wright’s solitude and unhappiness.
While the women continue to gather items, they notice details such as a roughed up bird cage, and an unfinished, poorly stitched quilt which begin to piece together the story leading up to Mr. Wright’s murder. Mrs. Hale begins to feel guilty imagining the loneliness Mrs. Wright must had felt living alone with cold Mr. Wright without even a child to keep her company for so many years. She confesses to Mrs. Peters, “I could've come. I stayed away because it weren't cheerful--and that's why I ought to have come. I--I've never liked this place. Maybe because it's down

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