What Is The Search For Identity In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Mrs. Wright, a woman longing for the missing piece of happiness within her marriage, is suspected of killing her husband in relation to the canary. Despite the emphasis on the crime, a closer look at the demoralized relationship that Mrs. Hales and Mrs. Peters have with Mrs. Wright reveals that knowing her past life, and having the connection in society, allows them to search for her identity. To determine the reason for Mrs. Wright’s actions, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter become acquaintances, but through the progression of the story, the information they both have on Mrs. Wright creates a strong investigation on whether she killed her husband. In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, Mrs. Hales and Mrs. Peters were not always present for Mrs. Wright and now are determined to make up for lost times to reverse the possible conviction she could face.
Mrs. Hales and Mrs. Peters believe they have the life that Mrs. Wright wishes she had. Until the death of Mr. Wright, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter do not really understand what Mrs. Wright’s life is like. Mrs. Hale
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Peters has a different approach towards her thought process on the crime “the law is the law” show that by her being the sheriff wife she not actually trying pick a side just trying to insure justice is served (570). But once the canary is found by Mrs. Hale she takes it and hide it from reveals that by her and Mrs. Hale working together has turned her perceptive a different way. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter who don’t really even know each other form this connect that makes them more than just associates. When they first hear what happens to Mrs. Wright they are frantic then as they begin their own investigation Mrs. Hale’s becomes very sympathetic and guilty because she feel she should have been there when she knew the way that Mr. Wright was treating Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Peter goes from doing what is expected as her being the sheriff’s wife to what will actually help Mrs.Wright and becoming
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