Trifles By Susan Glaspell Essay

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“The kitchen in the now abandoned farmhouse of John Wright, a gloomy kitchen, and left without having been put in order—unwashed pans under the sink, a loaf of bread outside the breadbox, a dish towel on the table—other signs of incompleted work (page 1)”. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is about how Mr. Wright was murdered, and the main suspect is his wife. The women are in the kitchen as the men go around looking for clues to help them figure out what truly occurred. The setting is an influential part in illustrating the scenario in literature. In Trifles, Susan Glaspell creates a mystery that holds the clues in the kitchen, creating a suspense when ironic things occur. Trifles was written in 1916. During this time period women seemed to be inferior to men. In the play the women were referred to as Mrs. Peters, or…show more content…
A kitchen is usually welcoming, because its where most of a family can gather around. Also, its pretty warm, due to the fact that the stove is there. Most of the characters feel the chilly temperatures. Hale states "How do, Mrs. Wright, it's cold, ain't it? (Page 2)". Mrs. Peters also, states "My, it's cold in there. (Page5). The cold represented the loneliness Minnie Wright felt once she married Mr. Wright. "She used to wear pretty clothes and be lovely, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. (Page 5)". Minnie Wright has lost herself in this marriage. She is not the woman she used to be, cheerful, happy, and of course always singing, due to the fact that she was confined in that one house. Later on, Mrs. Hale stated "I wish I had come over sometimes she was here … I could've come. I stayed away because it weren't cheerful -- and that's why I ought to have come. I've never liked this place (Page 8)". Minnie Wright lacked the companion of children and friends around her. The loneliness got to her until she couldn't take it no more and reached her breaking point, Mr.Wright’s

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