The differences amongst people somehow create a bond of love or perhaps simple empathy amongst those who share similarities. This holds true for those who come from the very same racial and ethnic backgrounds, religion, citizenship, and gender. Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, checks out the tie that binds females together; a conspiracy which enters into play in defense of a member who experiences a slight from a man. In the one-act play, Minnie Wright is being suspected of having actually eliminated her hubby.
Minnie’s character does not appear in the play but she is the focus the whole time as the other characters speak about her and what she did.
The play opens with Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters being brought along by the County Attorney and the Constable to the Wright home to look for evidence regarding Mr. Wright’s death. While the males do the supposedly necessary job of looking for clues, the women are to gather some things for Minnie who was then in prison awaiting trial.
They putter in the kitchen, worrying about Minnie’s ruined preserves and her unfinished quilting. Mrs. Hale comments about how they are “takin’ up our time with little things while we’re waiting on them (the guys) to get the proof (Glaspell).
” However, it is really the females who discover all the strong evidence that could convict Minnie. As they are going through Mrs. Wright’s sewing things, Mrs. Hale stumbles upon a pretty box with a dead bird inside wrapped in silk. Its neck is wrung-out suggesting that someone may have eliminated it and Minnie implied to bury it. As both females ponder on the dead bird and what it should have suggested to Minnie, facts about the murder appear to fit together like pieces of a jigsaw to the two females along with the readers’ mind. Mrs.
Hale keeps in mind how Minnie was a quite girl who “used to use pretty clothing … among the town girls singing in the choir (Glaspell).” However, the once lively and pleasant character undergoes an improvement when she marries Mr. Wright. He was a possessive hubby whom Mrs. Hale believes had a lot to do with the changes in Minnie after the marital relationship. According to her, Minnie kept to herself after the marital relationship, she rarely went out, and the couple did not even receive callers since Mr. Wright did not like having visitors around.
Additionally, they did not ever have kids, which left Minnie alone in the house the entire day while Mr. Wright went to work. Mrs. Hale appropriately explains Mrs. Wright’s life when she says: Mrs. Hale: Not having children makes less work– but it makes a quiet house, and Wright out to work all the time, and no business when he did come in … He was a hard male, Mrs. Peters. Simply to kill time of day with him–(shivers). Like a raw wind that gets to the bone …(Glaspell) Getting a bird as a family pet would have been Minnie’s consolation in her dismaying life. It was supposed to sing for her when her husband didn’t permit her to sing anymore.
Nevertheless, Mr. Wright needed to keep even this little delight from her. He eliminates the bird and her futile last effort to revive her spirit might have pressed Minnie to the edge, hence resulting in the homicidal act versus her husband. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters both come to this very same conclusion although they would leave it unspoken. Glaspell likewise leaves it to the reader to come to this inescapable conclusion. The two females then keep the truth they uncover from the males, consisting of the ideas they discover among Minnie’s things. This is because Minnie’s fate strikes a typical chord between them.
Minnie might have had it worse than they, however they comprehend what took place to her. Mrs. Peters, for instance, keeps in mind how, in childhood, a kid eliminated her kittycat with a hatchet right prior to her eye. They understand the sensation of being defeated since they might not create sufficient strength to combat versus males. They live in acceptance of the social concept that they are of the weaker sex whose issues in life are simple trifles like chatter and housework. They understand the life of being cooped inside a home with all family tasks to finish while the guys are at work, the more important job of the two.
Their conspiratorial silence is a sort of revenge for Minnie, themselves, and all ladies who have actually had to suffer a life that is basically like Minnie’s oppressing married life. The discussions in between the guys and females throughout the play provide the reader an idea as to how men treat females during the period when the play is set. When the County Lawyer notices the unclean towels by the cooking area sink, he instantly judges Minnie Wright to be “very little of a housemaid,” which says a lot about her since ladies are expected to be just housemaids and absolutely nothing else. When Mrs.
Peters frets about Minnie’s preserves spoiling, the Sheriff responds: “Well, can you beat the females! Held for murder and wooryin’ about her protects (Glaspell).” The males continuously keep this undermining tone towards the females sometimes throughout the play. While it is simple to conclude that keeping the important info about Minnie’s intention for eliminating her husband is incorrect, it ends up being more difficult to choose when one takes a look at the context behind the murder. The act might protest the law, however in the eyes of the 2 women, what Minnie did was an act in the defense of numerous females who experience oppression from their respective partners.
It was an act of defiance, even heroism. They felt the requirement to cover-up Minnie’s deed, she being another lady, another housewife, and one whose own promising life had actually been cut-off by a guy. Viewing the criminal offense as a woman, Minnie becomes the supportive character and victim instead of the criminal. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter’s final act of withholding appropriate details about the murder proves that females might empower themselves, could even be more superior to men when they desired, and the males does not even have to understand they have currently been had. Work Mentioned Glaspell, Susan. Trifles.