Essay about Trifles

689 Words Apr 6th, 2008 3 Pages
Can women do a man’s job?
Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are two major characters in Glaspell’s Trifles. We enter a story where the women are following the men into the kitchen of the now abandoned farmhouse of John Wright. Hale’s wife speaks about Minnie’s (John’s wife) alienation from her nearest neighbors because of John’s stingy and unfriendly ways. She is being accused of being his murderer and Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters make observations of things that Minnie has left undone or unfinished around the house. This story is during an era where women were seen as incompetent to do a “man’s job”, yet these women were more observant and resourceful when trying to solve this crime.
The women begin prodding around the kitchen and taking notice
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It made sense that she would own a bird, but where is it they ponder. While discussing the sweet bird-like the personality of Minnie they decide to bring her the quilt and some sewing supplies. Mrs. Hale opens the sewing basket to find a pretty box. She is shocked to find something wrapped in silk. These women are simply pondering around the room but by paying attention to small details they get closer to figuring out the mindset of Minnie which is vital in supporting her guilt or innocence.
“But Mrs. Peters-look at it! Its neck! Look at its neck! It’s all-other side to!” (899). Mrs. Hale panics as they realize it was the bird with its neck wrung. As the men entered for a moment the women hide this very important evidence. “My, it’s a good thing the men couldn’t hear us. Wouldn’t they jus laugh! Getting all stirred up over a little ting like a-dead canary. As if that could have anything to do with- with- wouldn’t they laugh?” (901). The women hide the evidence and push it aside as though it wasn’t important. Perhaps they did this because last time they presented factors that show Minnie’s mind frame, they were mocked. If they were to present this dead canary they would be laughed at and told that they are emotional, typical, dramatic women. These women were in a time where women are seen as incompetent to do a “mans job”. Yet somehow they are more observant and effective in actually being close to

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