Essay on Symbolism Of Susan Glaspell 's Trifles

758 Words Jun 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Symbolism in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. Symbolism can take different forms such as objects, actions, events, and words. The use of symbolism in literature allows a writer the freedom to enhance the level of meaning in the work by giving it not only a literal meaning but also a symbolic meaning, which becomes more profound. The use of symbolism in literature evokes interest in readers to ascertain the broader implications of common objects and actions. Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles, is a murder mystery that creatively uses a variety of symbols to illustrate the theme and aid the audience in solving the question concerning motive for the murder of Mr. Wright. Three key symbols in the play, Trifles, that expound on the motive for the murder are the birdcage, the quilt, and the bird. While the main characters, Mr. Peters, the sheriff, and Mr. Henderson, the county attorney, are using their intellect to logically determine the sequence of events surrounding the murder in an attempt to collect evidence, the bystanders Ms. Peters, the sherrif’s wife, and Mrs. Hale, a nearby neighbor, uncover the true evidence on their own while going through the “trifles” of the home. One of the first symbolic discoveries found by these women is a quilt. The significance of the quilt is in the description as Mrs. Hale states, “It’s a log cabin pattern.…

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