Trifles Susan Glaspell Analysis

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Murder today is something that most people do not think about because we are so accustomed to it. Minnie Foster, a lively woman who loses her childhood and becomes a married unhappy lady, so unhappy she kills her own husband. Although at first we are introduced to the bird as the main symbol of the play, we discover that Mrs. Wright is the bird and Mr. Wright is the bird cage trapping her life. By looking at the symbolism of this play we begin to understand that when Mr. Wright killed the canary along with Mrs Wright’s childhood, the motive to kill Mr. Wright was set for Mrs. Wright with the rope. They play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell was a drama set on symbolism. The main symbol of this play was a canary, the bird representing Mrs. Wright’s life. “I heard she use to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir” (Glaspell, 605). Minnie Foster was like the bird in ways that none of her friends could see. Canaries are birds that are full of color like to sing and have a valuable appearance. Before Minnie Foster became Minnie Wright she captured all these traits. She was a very elegant dresser which made her appear content with her life as a child. She loved to sing, “She use to sing pretty well herself” Mr. Hale stated (Glaspell, 607) . Minnie…show more content…
The rope not only used to kill Mr. Wright but used to portray the destruction of all three miserable lives. Mr. Wright decided to snap the bird 's neck in front of Mrs. Wright. With the marriage already going lousy, that was the last straw for Mrs. Wright. The motive has been set and it was to kill her husband to be set “free.” Strangling is more of a manly execution so to get even she used the rope to end his life like he did to hers. With John Wright killing the happiness of Minnie Foster and the bird that was also her last glimpse of happiness she did away with what pulled her

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