Metaphors In Trifles

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In the short story Trifles, author Susan Glaspell uses metaphors and symbolism to illustrate the message that people can lose their humanity/identity/individuality when isolated and forced to suppress what they want for enormous periods of time. Because Mrs. Wright was always cooped up in her farm and housework she rarely got to see other people so one day bought a bird to keep her company and put it in a birdcage in her house. Eventually the bird was murdered by Mr. Wright and that 's when Mrs. Wright snapped. The bird was like an extension of Mrs. Wright because “She was kind of like a bird herself-- real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and fluttery.”(page 9) But when the bird was wrung by the neck, Mrs. Wright lost that part of her identity

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