Trifles By Susan Glaspell Research Paper

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Jeziel Pena 12/7/15 English 102 Essay #5, Drama Trifles The play "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell tells the story of a murder mystery involving the married couple, Mrs. Wright and Mr. Wright (the murder victim). This play also shows how women were viewed in society back in 1916 (when the play was first performed); which basically was that men clearly dominated almost every phase of life and women were often left with little importance. The male characters are the main investigators of the crime scene. They have more authority with their positions being “sheriff” and “county attorney” while the women are just there as company while they work. The men make all the decisions as they investigate. They decide to go upstairs where the crime scene is at, as they believe it's the most important area of the…show more content…
The symbols were the bird, rope and the birdcage. The bird is the most important symbol in the play. Just as Mr. Wright literally choked the life out of Mrs. Wright, he also destroyed his wife's spirit. Mrs. Hale states that Minnie "used to wear pretty clothes and be lively . . . "After being married to Mr. Wright, she lost her identity, the ability to be cheerful. The death of the bird symbolizes the death of Minnie Foster (her name before getting married). The second most important symbol was the birdcage. The birdcage symbolizes how Mrs. Wright was trapped in her marriage, and how she couldn't escape it. The broken birdcage door represents her broken marriage with Mr. Wright. It also represents Mrs. Wright escaping her marriage from Mr. Wright. The way she escaped her marriage was by killing her husband. Lastly, the rope. It symbolizes death. As you may know already, the bird was strangled by a rope. Mr. Wright was also killed with a rope. One of the clues discovered by the women in the kitchen, while the men are upstairs still trying to get a few

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