Analysis Of Silent Justice In A Different Key: Glaspell's Trifles

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“You’re only a man! You’ve not our gifts! I can tell you! Why, a woman can think of a hundred different things at once, all them contradictory! —Georgette Heyer. In the article "Silent Justice in a Different Key: Glaspell's 'Trifles'" by Suzy Clarkson Holstein, Holstein emphasizes the differences between the male and female perspectives from the occurring events in the play "Trifles.” Today it is evident that men and females think very differently. Males think based on their motor skills and females base their thoughts on their intuition and emotions. In the play "Trifles" the opening scene introduces the sheriff, Mr. Peters, and an attorney, Mr. Henderson, who are investigating the stone-cold murder of John Wright, who was strangled to death. Mr. Hale, who is a witness, his wife, Mrs. Hale and Mr. Peters wife Mrs. Peter who are also introduced to the audience as they were gathering belongings to bring to Mrs. Wright to jail. During this investigation the prime and only suspect is John Wright’s wife, who claims she did not kill her husband. As soon as the characters are introduced in the play it is noticeable both the male and female gender have a role, the men must go find evidence and the females need to make themselves at home and keep to themselves. As the play moves along the males find evidence based on what seems evident and …show more content…

Talking about Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters “the two characters begin to reconstruct the accused woman’s life. They do so through several means; memories of her, memories of their own lives (similar to hers in many ways), and speculation about her feelings and responses to the conditions of her life” (Holstein 283.) The two women immediately placed themselves in Minnie Wrights position. And while reconstructing Mrs. Wright life based on their own memories and emotions they acknowledge the murders missing clue “Minnie’s dead pet bird” (Holstein

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