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Asia Enger 10/3/19 Guided Reading Assignment #3 Trifles Question 1: In the play entitled “Trifles” written by Susan Glaspell, the significance in the play’s title comes from the irony that ensues later on. The definition of a trifle is “a thing of little value or importance” (Oxford). Towards the beginning of the play, the sheriff, the county attorney and the wives of the men are talking about how Mrs. Wright is worried that her preserves will burst due to the cold temperature while she’s being held for murder, to which Hale replies “Women are used to worrying over trifles” (line 30). The reader doesn’t know until later on in the play that this line is ironic and contains a little bit of foreshadowing. At the end of the play, it's the women, who through the process of “worrying over trifles,” find key evidence which links Mrs. Wright to the murder. The men are so worried about looking for the bigger, more obvious clues that they completely miss the smaller details. Trifles, Question 2: The men in “Trifles” are condescending to the women throughout the entire play. Given

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