Duty, Law, And Justice In Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Section 1: Introduction Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a play about the effect of gender differences on perceptions of duty, law, and justice. The play Trifles was a murder mystery that got investigated by the County Attorney (George Henderson), the Sheriff (Henry Peters) along with his wife (Mrs. Peters), and a neighbor farmer (Lewis Hale) with his wife (Mrs. Hale). The story took place in an isolated farm house that was miles from the rest of the community in the Midwest. The victim of this murder mystery was John Wright as he was found dead with a rope around this neck. On the other hand, his wife Mrs. Wright was the suspect of this homicide case because she was the only person that was in the house other than her deceased husband. Mrs. Wright was found sitting on her rocking chair while continuously folding her apron; furthermore, she was laughing at the fact that her husband was dead and he was not able to talk to Lewis Hale. Mrs. Wright was sent to jail and the members of the investigation entered her house to search for any possible motives that could answer the murder mystery. While they were at the house, the men were very narrow-minded when they were searching for the evidence, while the women were spending their time to look for reasons why Mrs. Wright would commit such crime. The women were focusing on things that the gentlemen considered as “trifles” like the jars of jam and quilt pieces. However, the irony of those trifles were major deciding factors that could
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