Trifles Dramatic Structure

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A director is the heart of a play production. He is responsible for the interpretation of a script – the enlivening of the play. The very first thing to do for any director who wants to choose Trifles by Susan Glaspell, one of the earliest feminist dramas, for a stage production, is to analyze it. Doing so not only enables the director to fully comprehend the characters, the structure, the setting of the play, but also empowers him to instruct the actors during the audition, as well as the rehearsals. First and foremost, the director has to grasp the functions of all the characters in the play. For instance, Mr. Hale’s character elaborates the patriarchal dominance, one of the themes of the play. Despite the fact that he’s an ordinary farmer,…show more content…
Since it’s a quite short one-act play, the falling action of Trifles is omitted from its exposition-to-denouement structure. In Trifles, the differences and the relationship between two genders are the main conflict. In the beginning part of the play, we are being exposed to what has happened through Mr. Hale’s recount of the discovery of the murder. Additionally, the men’s belittlement over the women’s worry about Mrs. Wright’s preserves, as well as Mrs. Hale’s line, “Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be,” serves as a foreshadowing of the play. Revolving around the conflict, the women finding the unfinished quilt and the birdcage, as well as the men ignoring them can be seen as the point of attack which sets off the course of action. Eventually, the rising action – the discovery of the dead canary, with its neck wrung, together with the sense of empathy of the two women – add up to the climax of the play, where the women decide to conceal the vital evidence that could convict Mrs. Wright. Finally, the play ends with Mr. Henderson’s one last sarcastic, diminishing comment followed by Mrs. Hale’s reply. Furthermore, based on his analysis, the director will decide how to interpret the

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