essay #1 - Justifiable Homicide What drives a humble farmers wife to slay her husband In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell set in Nebaska circa

essay #1 - Justifiable Homicide What drives a humble...

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Justifiable Homicide What drives a humble farmer’s wife to slay her husband? In the one-act play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, set in Nebaska circa 1910, Minnie Foster Wright is taken to jail after being charged with John Wright’s homicide. When Sheriff Peters and his wife, the County Attorney, and Mr. and Mrs. Hale gather at the Wright’s farmhouse, a possible motive for murder is sought. Although taking a life is a heinous crime, the women soon discover that Minnie Wright’s act was actually a justifiable homicide. As Charles Murray once observed, “It’s a murder—it’s a homicide—but sometimes homicide is justified”. Minnie Wright had an unhappy marriage, which led her to a miserable life. John Wright, Minnie Wright’s husband, who was a workaholic and always left his wife alone: “Wright out to work all day, and no company when he did come in”(Glaspell 917). John Wright was only loyal to his work, and he ignored his wife’s feeling. John Wright was

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