Essay about Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles '

761 Words Apr 21st, 2015 4 Pages
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell was written during a depression; a time in which women were housewives who reared children and maintained the household while their husbands worked. Harvested produce was preserved by the women for the winter months. The following summary entails the potential struggles that Mrs. Wright faced, both mental and physical, as foretold during an investigation of the murder of her husband.
The story unfolded without even showing the main character at all. Mrs. Wright, the prime suspect, was detained at the county jail while the investigation was being conducted. The deceased body of Mr. Wright was found in the couple’s bedroom with a rope around his neck. One day prior to the investigation and subsequent arrest of Mrs. Wright, a local townsman, Mr. Hale, paid an unexpected visit to the Wrights. The manner in which Mrs. Wright explained to Mr. Hale that her husband was unavailable due to being deceased foreshadowed her life of oppression. The couple had no children, which may have indicated sterility in one or the other. The various household articles mentioned in the play casted more light into the life of a potentially barren, oppressed housewife who desperately sought to regain her lost and forgotten happiness. The male investigators, although passing judgement upon Mrs. Wright, found no evidence that she committed the murder. It was the wives of the investigators, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, that read into her downtrodden life by the…

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