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Orlando Machin English Comp 2 Essay 1 – Susan Glaspell Trifles Word Count 0 Susan Glaspell’s Trifles is a play about the effect of gender differences on perceptions of duty, law, and justice. This play was written when women were considered as property rather than as an equal partner in a marriage and show the difference between women and men. The play opens up by showing a gloomy kitchen in disarray. Three men investigating the murder enter the home accompanied by two of their wives who have been tasked to collect some items for Mrs. Wright who has been accused of murder. The men acknowledge to the women that Mrs. Wright is not a homemaker because her wifely duties as a homemaker were not completed because the kitchen was messy. The sheriff then points out he would like to only look at the upstairs where the crime was committed and the barn for any clues as to what the motive was. They did not think that the motive was in the kitchen because as they quoted “nothing here but kitchen things”. As the two women make their way around some of the rooms to gather some items for Mrs. Wright, they see a strangled canary wrapped in a box. At this moment the women realize the motive for the murder of Mr. Wright. As the men are done doing their investigation they look at the items the women collected as one of the ladies hides the dead canary in the jacket pocket. They all head out other than the attorney who decides to stay back and look some more. The significance of the title of this play is that Trifles means little things or trivial things. This is important to the play because the women see small things as to what is important to find the motive and it is how they found the motive, whereas the men do not see them as important. The author Susan Glaspell wrote this play during a time where women were
Orlando Machin English Comp 2 Essay 1 – Susan Glaspell Trifles Word Count 0 not able to vote, can’t sit on a jury, little to no protection against domestic violence and are seen as property. Glaspell first worked as a journalist covering trials and later moved on to

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