24 March 2008
Symbolism in Glaspell’s Trifles
Trifles was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916. Ms. Glaspell was a writer for the Des Moines News. The play started out by four characters of the play going over to the house of John Wright, due to a murder that happened at his house. George Henderson is the County Attorney, Henry Peters is the sheriff, Lewis Hale is the neighbor’s farmer, and also two women are in this play, Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife and Mrs. Hale. All of the characters appeared in this play. The main character is Mrs. Wright, whom you only hear briefly in the beginning of the play and the other characters talk about her throughout the play. Trifles is about the mysterious murder if Mr. Wright. Mrs. Wright is a suspect of her husband’s death after Mr. Hale makes a surprise visit to the Wright’s home. Mr. Hale started to town with a load of potatoes. He came along the road from his place. Mr. Hale decided to go by Mr. Wright’s house. When he knocked on the door, he thought someone said “come in.” After he got into the house, he saw Mrs. Wright sitting at her chair with a queer aspect. She was really quiet and had a blank expression upon her face. When Mr. Hale asked for her husband she tried to deny him, but after a couple of minuets in the conversation, she told Mr. Wright that her husband was dead. “He died of a rope around his neck.” Says she, and just went on pleatin’ at her apron. Well, I went out and called Harry. I thought I might—need help. We went upstairs and there he was lyin’” (1617). Mr. Hale was telling his version of what he saw and talked to Mrs. Wright during his visitation at her house. The four characters were really interested in finding out how this murder happened. “Now, Mr. Hale, before we move things about, you explain to Mr. Henderson just what you saw when you came here yesterday morning” (116), the sheriff said. Also, the attorney asked Mr. Peters if someone moved...
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