Mr. Hale makes the comment, “-Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (pp. 945) At one point Mrs. Hale mentions that the Wright home never seemed to be a cheerful place. ... ... middle of paper ... ...t allow her freedom and friendships and may have payed for it with his life. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, knowing and understanding the desperation and alienation that this housewife felt, found the proof of a motive for the murder, despite the taunting and teasing from the men who were suppose to be the ones looking for the evidence. The false ideas that these men had towards all of the females ended up hurting them and keeping them from the truth.
Susan Glaspell lays out a unique set of circumstances involving a farmer’s murder in “A Jury of Her Peers.” She weaves the trifles of women with superiority of men at the time. Taking a closer look at the perceptions of the men and women, the disparities between their assertions in the investigation, the physical evidence the women produce, and the lack of motive the men provide, it appears Minnie Foster Wright warrants compassion in her case. Initially, Lewis Hale mentions he does not believe John Wright cares about what his wife wants (Glaspell 185). There is a rocker in disrepair, a “peculiar, ungainly” cupboard, and a stove with a broken lining that suggest Mr. Wright is not interested in maintaining the residence with the essentials of heating, cooking, or furnishings (185, 187, 190). In addition to his apparent laziness, further corroboration is a skirt that “bore the marks of much making over” points to Mr. Wright as stingy or never having any money (189).
The evidence regarding to Mrs. Wright criminal misconduct was concealed in secrecy by the alliance of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, for they were not realizing that hiding evidence would do more harm than good for Minnie wright’s behalf, because of their attitude of achieving an exclusive quality than there husband’s, to prove that they can do just as much as the men or more and neglecting in actually saving Mrs. Wright from custody Mael has proclaimed “Minnie’s trifles raise the consciousness of both women especially Mrs. Peters moving them from awareness to anger to action” (Mael 282). Mr. Hale and Mr. Peters overlooked on how to correctly handle the investigation, instead the men senselessly point out the inferiority of women, and insulting their capabilities to become as equal as the men. The outcome of the Investigation revealed to be a catastrophe, because the male officials presumed that Minnie Wright was the victim that committed the crime I n murdering her husband Mr. wright as they didn’t obtain any leads or information to know if she did it or not. The women immediately began collecting all of Mrs. Wrights belongs including the evidence that will get Mrs. Wright accused for the Murder. As the men’s insults on Mrs. Wright famine housekeeping capabilities made the unease causing them to devastate the crime
No matter what women are going to help each other, even if they have to go against their husband’s word. In the play “Trifles” written by Susan Glaspell women do not have as much freedom as they do nowadays. The thematic importance of “Trifles” demonstrates, how throughout the play, males criticizes woman, their wives perspective
Mr. Wright was guilty of dominating and suppressing his wife. The suppression she dealt with made her unable to be a part of society “she didn’t even belong to the Ladies Aide” (Glaspell 1328). A suppressed and emotionally hurt individual sometimes make unreasonable decisions. Marriage for most women should be the time, she blossoms into a beautiful person. Thus, Mr. Wright was guilty of bringing out the worst in his wife.
Anything that the women spoke of the men ridiculed. Mr. Hale says, “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.” (1389) This statement shows that he believes women only think of small things nothing important. Another example, when Mrs. Hale and mars peters were speaking about Mrs. Wrights’ quilting pieces, the sheriff said, “They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it!” (1391) The men laugh at the women even though the quilt supplies lead the women to the motive of the murder. This belittling was common practice in this time period. Most men never believe that women were smart or that they could contribute to the world.
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters find lots of clues that might link to solving the murder, while men experience lack of success. They realize that Minnie spender most of her days she spends alone, while her husband is working. Women believe that Minnie’s every move used to be controlled by her husband and it did not made her happy. By analyzing the house Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters can notice small stuff like quilt that the segment was sew less carefully than previous, draws a picture that Minnie was bothered by something lately. Most clues of them all has to be the cage and the bird itself.
The characters both symbolize exactly what overwhelming emotions can do to a person and how in fact they may handle it. Mrs. Wright is being accused of murdering her husband, and all the evidence points to her, but if you look in her past the motive is clear. Mrs. Wright was pushed to far and she decided to take matters into her own hands. In the early 1900's women were looked upon as inferior beings, and men were the dominating sex. This is very evident of the women in "Trifles", not just Mrs. Wright but the lawmen's wives.
Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be [said Martha]”(7). Women in the story are not passive towards the oppression, but they resist by covering Minnie’s erratic stitching and taking the strangled canary, two important evidence that could supply the motive against Minnie. The women think it is unfair how the men go to Minnie’s house to criticize and find evidence against her, when Minnie has worked hard in the farm and in her house throughout her 20 year-long marriage. Women are treated unfairly in society, and once they stand for each other as women, and defend themselves, men continue to disrespect them: “‘Ah, loyal to your sex, I see’, he laughed” (7). Although the men see the women’s acts as loyalty to their own sex, for the women it is more than just being loyal.
Continuing this further, The main suspects were Mr.Hale and his wife, suspected of strangling him. The police were not paying attention to the, “Trifles,” that women were worrying about. Interestingly, the title is ironically called trifles too, it is relevant to the short story. It can take on another meaning, women are treated like trifles as well. The women found all the evidence rather than the men because men did not spend their time in kitchens.