Stephanie Ramos English 2341 Adelle Mery April 6, 2016 Freytag’s Pyramid for “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
7. Climax 8. Title Effectiveness 6. Stable Situation 5. Falling Action 4. Crisis 3. Rising Action 2. Exposition: a. Setting b. Characterization 1. Unstable Situation 1. Unstable Situation: The unstable situation is the underlying problem of the story. In “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell jumps into the play with an untimely murder. John Wright was found dead in his house with a rope around his neck, when his wife, Mrs. Wright or Minnie Foster, was calmly rocking in a chair in their front room. When asked by Mr. Hale where her husband was she simply replied, “Cause he’s dead.” Later when Mr. Hale asked her how John died she replied “He died of a rope round his neck.”(page 4). The net day the sheriff, county attorney, and the Wright’s neighbor Hale, who was the one who found Mr. Wright dead and Mrs. Wright in her rocking chair along with his oldest son Harry. Mrs. Hale and the sheriff’s wife Mrs. Peters both tagged along, in order to get things to Mrs. Hale while she was in jail. COUNTY ATTORNEY: How did she seem to feel about your coming? HALE: Why, I don't think she minded—one way or other. She didn't pay much attention. I said, 'How do, Mrs Wright it's cold, ain't it?' And she said, 'Is it?'—and went on kind of pleating at her apron. Well, I was surprised; she didn't ask me to come up to the stove, or to set down, but just sat there, not even looking at me, so I said, 'I want to see John.' And then she—laughed. I guess you would call it a laugh. I thought of Harry and the team outside, so I said a little sharp: 'Can't I see John?' 'No', she says, kind o' dull like. 'Ain't he home?' says I. 'Yes', says she, 'he's home'. 'Then why can't I see him?' I asked her, out of patience. ''Cause he's dead', says she. 'Dead?' says I. She just nodded her head, not getting a bit excited, but rockin' back and forth. 'Why—where is he?' says I, not knowing what to say. She just pointed upstairs—like that (himself pointing to the room above) I got up, with the idea of going up there. I walked
from there to here—then I says, 'Why, what did he die of?' 'He died of a rope round his neck', says she, and just went on pleatin' at her apron. Well, I went out and called Harry. I thought I might—need help. We went upstairs and there he was lyin'— COUNTY ATTORNEY: I think I'd rather have you go into that upstairs, where you can point it all out. Just go on now with the rest of the story. HALE: Well, my first thought was to get that rope off. It looked ... (stops, his face twitches) ... but Harry, he went up to him, and he said, 'No, he's dead all right, and we'd better not touch anything.' So we went back down stairs. She was still sitting that same way. 'Has anybody been notified?' I asked. 'No', says she unconcerned. 'Who did this, Mrs Wright?' said Harry. He said it business- like—and she stopped pleatin' of her apron. 'I don't know', she says. 'You don't know?' says Harry. 'No', says she. 'Weren't you sleepin' in the bed with him?' says Harry. 'Yes', says she, 'but I was on the inside'. 'Somebody slipped a rope round his neck and strangled him and you didn't wake up?' says Harry. 'I didn't
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read all 16 pages?
- Fall '16
- gary schneider
- pH, Sheriff, Susan Glaspell, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, Hale telescope, The Hale