Script Analysis of "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell

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Script Analysis of “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell

Summary
 In the play "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell, there are five characters, three men and two women.  They are in a house where the murder of Mr. Wright took place the day before.  The men are trying to find evidence to name a killer or motivation to name Mrs. Wright as the murderer.  While the men are downstairs, the women occupy themselves with looking around the kitchen and living room.  They take note of Mrs. Wright's canned fruit and the fact that it has busted in the cold weather.  The men laugh at them for "worrying over trifles".  The men go upstairs to look at the murder site and leave the women downstairs.  The women find a quilt that Mrs. Wright was making in her famous "log cabin" pattern.  As the men come downstairs, they hear the women discussing whether they thought Mrs. Wright was "goin' to quilt it or just knot it".  Again the men laugh at the women for worrying about such small details.  The men go outside to the barn.  While they are gone, the women notice that the stitching on the square Mrs. Wright was working on looks "as if she didn't know what she was about".  They take note that the other squares are straight and neat.  They wonder out loud what she was nervous about to make such a mess of her sewing.  The ladies then notice a bird cage.  They notice that the door to the bird cage is off one hinge, as if the door was ripped open.  When the ladies start to gather the things Mrs. Wright has requested they bring to her, they grab her sewing basket to take to her.  When they open it up though, they find the canary dead.  It's neck wrung and hanging to one side.  They spectate that after so many years of loneliness, and then having a bird to sing to her and keep her company, if someone killed it, it would make them pretty mad, too.  They connect all the things they noticed while the men were looking for evidence and come to an unspoken agreement that they believe Mrs. Wright did it and her...
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