The men in Trifles may be detectives, but they are incompetent to the case, due to their ignorance. Ken Jaworowski, the author of a segment for the New York Times, wrote, “The women examine the details -- the trifles -- of the suspect's life to discover a deeper meaning and in the end solve a mystery by exposing a tragedy.” The women, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, are overlooked often in this play by the men. Hale, one of the male characters from the play states, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (Glaspell) This statement reveals how the men go straight to stereotypes with the women. Trifles, something of little importance, is the opposite of what the women are distraught about. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find several items that were “women things”, such as an unfinished quilt and a bird in a box with its neck snapped.
But they decide to hide the evidence to prove their ideas should be valued and are not something to be trifled, with the irony in the play which comes from the title. Trifles are defined as things of little importance. Within the play, irony comes from the men believing the women 's opinions are trifling although the women solve the crime. As a result, it leads to the men 's lack of evidence to prosecute Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters chose to hide the evidence because they see part of themselves in Mrs. Wright and do not want to condemn her.
“At the beginning of the twentieth century, women were outsiders to the formal structures of political life—voting, serving on juries, holding elective office—and they were subject to wide-ranging discrimination that marked them as secondary citizens” (Evans). The lack of rights for women during the early 1900s was a severe problem that motivated Susan Glaspell to publish a short story “A Jury of Her Peers.” During the early nineteenth century, women endured cruel and unjust treatment from men and had limited options in their careers, as well as political and social lives. Glaspell conveys the serious oppression of women in the beginning of the twentieth century through the presence of gender inequality, symbolism of a songbird, and hidden evidence. Written in the early 1900s, “A Jury of Her Peers” was originally a play, Trifles, which Glaspell decided to turn into a short story in 1917, only a year later. During this time, women faced many difficulties, including the inability to serve on a jury.
Wright, but the women are the ones who find the signs. While the men are in the house they are looking for anything that is out of place, try to find noticeable evidence that would have caused Minnie to be furious or angered her to kill Mr. Wright. The men perceptions does not let them know that their wives could help them and give them understanding of what has taken place at the Wright’s farmhouse because they are women. The only reason they brought their wives along is to gather Mrs. Wright belongings, the men think the women are pointlessly absent-minded with meaningless things and do not think they are smart enough to make an impact on the investigation, when Mr. hale makes an insulting remark: “would they know a clue if they come upon it. (Susan Glaspell) Fatefully, the women find the evidence to the murder of Mr.
The battle for gender equality is a never ending fight between men and women. For years, long before Trifles was ever written in the early 1900s, women were fighting for their right to vote, their right to be their own person and not follow a man’s orders, and their personal freedoms. Women have been known to make decisions for someone else and not for themselves, despite the desire to do so. This issue has been an ongoing struggle for many years, and Trifles demonstrates that. The gender war in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is displayed in three ways: the men’s words and actions towards the women, the setting of the story, and the symbols embedded within the play.
It symbolize the evidence. The evidence can prove that Mrs. Wright kill her husband. The reason of that is she does not love and hate her husband. In this story, her friend understand her feeling as a women as they help Mrs. Wright hiding the evidence. Mrs. Peters throws back quilt pieces and tries to put the box in the bag she is wearing but it is too big.
The Court Attorney, and some other males from the town, is investing the case to see if they could find any clues and motive in the case. The ladies of the town, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find a bird that has been strangled to death just like Mr. Wright. The bird was Mrs. Wright’s pet and canary, used to sing just like Mrs. Wright used to sing before she got married to John Wright. Mrs. Hale states to Mrs. Peter: “I heard she used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that-oh, that was thirty years ago” (Glaspell 1042).
Throughout the story of Trifles Susan Glaspell gave hints to the reader that the story was not as it seemed, although it takes almost until the end of the story to understand what is going on it is known from the beginning that Mrs.Wright killed her husband, but the entire investigation is about finding why she killed him. To understand why she did this the reader must know what it was like for women when Susan Glaspell wrote the story. When this story was written, it was during a time when women did not have many rights all of the small things in their lives were the pertinent objects that they held close to their hearts. Throughout this story the reader has to look deep into the story to find out why she did it, in the end the reader realizes that she makes small mistakes that leads to only women of her time understanding those mistakes.
Trifles, while a short play in practice, was a glaring beacon of truth in what the role of a woman meant in the early 1900, and, arguably viewed as today. While women have been a strong cornerstone of society, their presence has often been taken for granted or lessened by their fellow man. Trifles is a perfect example to analyze the minimalized role women held in society and how man can and have driven her to the brink of madness. Through supporting documentation I will explain how the problematic relationship between man and woman created a realm for literature rife with not just the challenges faced by women but the growing psychological pressures brought on by abuse, isolation and strenuous work. Susan Glaspell, famed playwright and novelist, brought feminist empowerment through her stories which featured a variety of struggling female leads.
“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is a one-act play that explores a story based on the true event of John Hossack’s murder. Glaspell was one of the journalists back then in Iowa, who involved in reporting this case. She used her experiences and observations to create the play. “Trifles” revolves around the solving of John Wright’s murder, which he was killed with a rope around his neck when he was asleep at night. The prime suspect of this case, Minne Foster is John Wright’s lonely wife.