Symbolism In Trifles

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In the play Trifles written by Susan Glaspell the murderer isn't apparently revealed but is instead revealed through symbolism. For those that don’t know what symbolism is it is when a writer uses an item to represent an idea abstract or not. There are many forms of it in this story including a song bird and a quilt. With these items it becomes apparent to who is the murderer, and even why she did it. Little background on this story is that it came out after a wife's husband was murdered and she was imprisoned for it, she then appealed and was set free. Also, an important note is that almost nothing from that murder is included in here. In the play one of the two women while trying to put up her coat noticed a basket hidden from the view…show more content…
After complaining about the quality of the quilt, one of them decides to fix it and finds a bird with a neck wrung. Here are two quotes that will explain it in a minor way to those who haven't read the script. "...she was kind of a bird herself-real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and-fluttery. How-she-did-change." "No. Wright wouldn't like the bird-a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too." Now for this part of this I need to tell you that before Mrs. Wright became Mrs. Wright she was Minnie Foster. Minnie Foster used to sing in choir, ware beautiful clothes, and be happy. So, in the first quote it's comparing Minnie Foster to a songbird, but not Mrs. Wright. The second quote talks about how Minnie Foster was "killed" because he changed her to be something entirely else and not herself. So, when a sales man came to sell canary's cheap she was reminded of Minnie Foster and wanted it for a sentimental reason, but when Mr. Wright came home he was angry for her buying this, during this time she might have been making the quilt at the time he was yelling at her, messing it up stopping to quickly morn over her bird, then angrily continuing, wanting him to feel the pain the bird did, she planned to kill him. So, in the middle of one night she
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