Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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The County Attorney begins to look around the house and makes the statement “Here’s a nice mess.” (1388) This is a large statement made in the play because of the complete order inside the house up until this moment. Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, is a play about a woman whose husband is found murdered in their home. People from the town begin to come to inspect the house to see if it was Mrs. Wright who committed the murder, and her motive to murder her husband. As they began to look through the house, many things began to appear that made them wonder exactly what had happened to cause her to lose it and commit the act. Although she appeared so calm, she was a woman who was trapped in a life and a marriage that she felt without killing her husband she would never get out of.…show more content…
In Minnie Wright’s early life, Mrs. Hale refers to her as “real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and- fluttery.”(1392) Something in her marriage to Mr. Wright had to change her personality to the woman who was suspected of killing her husband. Even after the death of her husband, she still felt like she needed order. Lewis Hale, a neighboring farmer, recounts how she appeared when he first entered the room, “She was rockin’ back and forth” (1387) She did not act as if anything was wrong in the house. This shows her obsessive need for order, and her lack of sanity in the murder of Mr. Wright. Mr. Hale then asked where he was, and all Mrs. Wright did was “point upstairs” (1388). She continued to remain in a peaceful state as she was talking to her neighbor. Mr. Lewis then begin to ask her what happened to her husband, and she acted as though she had no idea. “I didn’t wake up,”(1388) she claimed after Mr. Lewis saw the rope tied around her husband’s neck. The questions began to arise as to what could have caused this farmer’s wife to commit such a

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