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February 01, 2006

trifles evident throughout scene

Glaspell, ''Trifles'' (1916) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

A trifle by definition is something of little importance or value. Gender stereotypes are evident throughout the scene because of the importance set by each gender on the possessions of Mrs. Wright. Its ironic that these possessions are key elements in the murder investigation and go unnoticed by the men. The woment even go further and investigate a life not a death.

Posted by Shanelle Evkovich at February 1, 2006 11:15 AM


That's an interesting point. While you could describe the bare-bones plot of this play as "two women investigate a murder at a farmhouse," you're right when you note that Minnie Foster Wright's life is also under scrutiny. Was there a particular bit of dialogue or passage in the stage directions that you found particularly noteworthy, Shanelle?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 1, 2006 11:19 AM

That's a really good point Shanelle, it is ironic that Mrs. Wright's everyday trifles turn out to be something of much more importance.

Posted by: Sean Runt at February 1, 2006 11:59 AM

Mrs. Hale: "We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things - its all just a different kind of same thing."

It shows how Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are looking more at the life rather than the murder and that they may have some fault in Mr. Wright's murder due to the lack of attention they gave lives of The Wrights.

Posted by: Shanelle Kapusta at February 1, 2006 12:33 PM

Yes, that's a great line. Mrs. Hale is not just speaking to Mrs. Peters, she's speaking to all the women in the audience (and the men, too).

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 1, 2006 01:50 PM

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