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Susan Glaspell Trifles Minnie’s Demise
Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a play about a murder case that uses symbolism to help end it. The Psychoanalytical perspective is found throughout the play to reveal the influence of the subconscious and conscious in the use of symbolism, points of view, character development, setting, conflict, language, and the text plot (South University Online, 2010, para.3). A psychoanalysis of Susan Glaspell’s Trifles reveals a mixture of symbols and characters that work together to show the isolation of Minnie Wright, which contributes to her motive to kill her husband and escape from her patriarchal imprisonment. “Before the murder, Mr. Hale reveals that he had stopped by the Wright farmhouse to talk to John about a party telephone line”, but “he put me off, saying folks talked too much anyway and all he asked was for peace and quiet” (Glaspell, p. 140). It seems apparent that John and Minnie did not have much to talk about in their lives. Minnie had stopped caring about herself losing control of her reality. “When Mr. Hale had found Minnie, she was rocking back fourth, trying to stay calm, but was very nervous grabbing her apron hoping not get caught for the murder of her husband” (Glaspell, 2011, p.140). “Before the murder, Mr. Hale reveals that when Minnie was asked if John is at home, she answered him with a laugh”. “Minnie was beginning to reveal her instability with her inability to act”. Most of the play revolves around the two women gathering Minnie’s belongings revealing how her stability changed. Minnie feels compelled to escape by any means with her breakout executed at the expense of Mr. Wright’s life. Like the cage to the canary, Minnie feels imprisoned in her life and she feels compelled to escape to be free. The women noticed that the birdcage door hinge was off revealing, “That there had been a struggle between Minnie...