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Glaspell had only to make minor changes in adapting Trifles to a short story. As with some of her other literary work, the main character is never seen. The setting is the Iowa farm of Minnie Wright. Minnie has been charged with murdering her husband. Her guilt in committing the crime is never questioned. Three men—a sheriff, a countyprosecutor, and a neighbor—have come to gather evidence to support the prosecution.Two women—wives of the sheriff and neighbor—accompany the men. Their purpose is to pick up effects for Minnie.Glaspell skillfully shows how the men and women look at the household differently. While the men seek evidence to convict the accused, the two women come across trifles such as a disordered household, an irregular quilting pattern, and a strangled canary. They conclude that such details are indicative of Minnie’s motivations for the murder. The women gossip openly about Minnie’s abusive and authoritarian husband and discuss why they sympathize with her desperate act. Glaspell creates a courtroom in that Iowa farmstead, and the women become jurors who decide that Minnie is not guilty. They base their judgment not on legality but on simple humanity and compassion. The women decide not to reveal their evidence to the male investigators out of respect for Minnie’s long suffering.SimilaritiesSusan Glaspell is successfully able to transform her play Trifles into what would become her most famous story, "A Jury of Her Peers". In reality, it is easier to extrapolate the differences between the two works, more so even than the similarities. This is because a contrasting view of the two pieces helps us see which of the two carries with it more information, or offers more insight into the mindset of the characters. Since that is not an option, let's then look closely at how the two are similar.

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