Symbolic Illustration of the Power of Relationships in Susan Glaspell's Trifles A friend can be a remarkable thing. Unfortunately, many lack the powerful bonds that all humans need to survive and lead healthy, happy lives. In Susan Glaspell's play Trifles, Mrs. Wright is starved of the human interaction and relationships she so desperately needs. Consequently, she is never rescued from her loneliness, is brought to the point where she cannot handle any more of life's saddening struggles, and kills her husband in his sleep. Through powerful and often ironic symbolism, such as Mrs. Wright's kitchen, the names of the characters, and the bird, Susan Glaspell clearly displays the power of human relationships and how truly devastating a lack of this absolute necessity can be.
Their assumptions about the female sex, prevents them from seeing the crime scene for what it really was. Meanwhile, Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife, and Mrs. Hale, the neighbor man’s wife, are able to relate in many ways to the loneliness and loss of self that Mrs. Wright felt while spending her days alone tending to her home and husband. The men in the play are so blinded by their sexist ideas about females, that they miss the evidence of a motive to convict Mrs. Wright of murder. The men, after hearing the women discuss how Mrs. Wright was worried about her jarred fruit freezing, make several comments regarding the fact that this is something trivial that a woman would worry about even while being held for the possibility of murder. Mr. Hale makes the comment, “-Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (pp.
John only wanted peace and a good home, none of which were provided by Mrs. Wright. She did not keep the house clean or cheerful, even-though there was not a reason that she could not do either. Then she killed the peace and silence in the house by buying the canary that never was quiet. The only thing John asked for was peace and quiet and it is all taken away from him, because of a careless wife. John did not deserve to die for anything he did.
Wright’s neglect, emotional abuse, and the loss of hope has to the self- immolation of Mrs. Wright. Mr. Wright causes his wife to kill him because he killed her bird which resembled her-self and how she was pretty, happy, and was free. But Mr. Wright killed her bird so she killed him. He was responsible for his own death, by making Mrs. Wright self-destruct. The two women in the play have been picking up one the little house clue the men in the play would find in significant, because they think all the women are really talking about is trifles, but in reality they are talking about how Mrs. Wright killed her husband.
The broken bird cage and the dead bird were significant in helping the ladies seek revenge over the male characters. The women knew of how unhappy the Wright’s marriage must have been furthermore, they pieced together the evidence to say that Mr. Wright killed the bird by wringing its neck therefore, Minnie killed him the same way in return. To Mrs. Wright the bird was like her child that she cared for deeply, considering that she did not have any children of her own. The bird also represented her as a lively, “real sweet and pretty” young lady who was caged away within the lonely home, and for Mr. Wright to have killed it called for revenge (Glaspell
She became a journalist in the Des Moines Daily News where she reported the murder case of John Hossack. The story concluded a man murdered by his wife, whereas she was convicted but overturned on appeal. This was the inspiration for Glaspell to write the play Trifles. Glaspell later turned the play into a short story titled “A Jury of Her Peers”. Holstein writes Trifles is about a concept that is even more profound, and that is how we pursue the truth, how we come to interpret and
And it is a conflict in their relationship, once Ewan said that Dorothy only married him for his mother, but he said it only half joking. He clearly resents his mother for his childhood; he doesn’t even believe she loves him. While Dorothy never can understand Ewan and thinks that everything Lily does is brilliant, both in art and in lifestyle. Once she got children of her own, Dorothy got even more envious of Lily’s way of living. She hated the domesticated life, standing by the usual gender roles of that the mother stays home and takes care of her children while the man is out working.
They also knew her father had felt that no man was good enough for her. The people of Jefferson felt that the family thought they were better then everyone else and showed no sort of insanity. When her father died, people realized the toll it had taken on Emily. They were somewhat relieved to know he was gone, and she too would discover what it was like to be a ?pauper.? They also knew they could pity her and the woman even came to her house to console her.
After he decides not to send her away at all, Charity, who is always “sick of North Dormer” (22) is disappointed but finally understand his decision: “He and she, face to face in that sad house, had sounded the depths of isolation; and though she felt no particular affection for him, and not the slightest gratitude, she pitted him because she was conscious that he was superior to the people about him and that she was the only being between him and solitude. (P.5) This tells the reader that although he “rescued” her from the mountain that is not why she feels compelled to stay with him. She knows that because she is there physically (she really is not there emotionally) he does not fell alone in the world.
George would normally play this card game by himself or either with Carlson and Slim. All men on the ranch are lonely including Curley’s wife even though she has Curely as his husband. But they have no communication at all. She is controlled by Curley making her lonely. He doesn’t let her speak to anybody.