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Elkins et al. 1 Zoe Elkins, Allyn Garrett, Brooke Long, Grace Ragland, Abby Taube Instructor Caskey English 102 26 April 2018 Broken The stifling of human opinions based on gender alone, even during a murder case, causes the characters and the reader himself to reevaluate the very definition of the word “trifles”. Trifles by Susan Glaspell is her “best known and most often produced play” (Levin). In it a group of men and women investigate the murder of a local man. The men, who consist of the County Attorney, the Sheriff, and Mr. Hale are immediately suspicious of Mr. Wright’s wife, Minnie, and are determined to find evidence of her guilt. The women, however, come to understand her situation and feel sympathetic toward Minnie Wright, even to the point of concealing the evidence from their husbands. This dynamic is intended to transfer to the audience, as is pointed out by Levin: The playwright builds support for the undeniably guilty Minnie Wright , slowly and deliberately, one clue at a time, in order to allow resentment against the real victim of this crime: the murdered Mr. Wright-to fester in the minds of the audience,” (228). Glaspell drew inspiration from a real case she covered during her days as a news reporter, which further highlights the realistic nature behind the situations within her play. Susan Glaspell’s one-act play Trifles vividly illustrates the dichotomy between men and women by showing how each gender investigates a murder case and how they interact with each other. The men in this play focus solely on the murder scene, convinced that there they will find evidence against Mrs. Wright. As soon as the men enter into the Wright house, they “have already decided that Mrs. Wright is guilty”, walking into the crime scene predisposed to find her
Elkins et al. 2 at fault (Wright 13). However, the men go looking for evidence against her in all of the wrong places. Phyllis Mael in her article “Trifles” writes, “Because the men virtually ignore the women’s world, they remain blind to the truth before their eyes” (218). They do not feel the need

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