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Auni Afifah Binti Otoh SibikMrs. Shubashini SuppiahTSL1064 – Drama In EnglishCritical Analysis of a Play (35%) – IndividualTRIFLESIntroductionThe one-act play called “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell was written in 1916 based on theactual event that occurred in Iowa. Glaspell was a reporter for the Des Moines News, whereshe covered the murder trial of a farmer’s wife, Margaret Hossack, in Indianola, Iowa.Hossack was accused of killing her husband, John, by striking him twice in the head with anaxe while he slept. “Trifles” itself is a murder mystery that explores gender relationships,power between the sexes, and the nature of truth. In the play, the farmer and his wife neveractually appear; instead, the story focuses on the prosecutor, George Henderson, who hasbeen called in to investigate the murder; Henry Peters, the local sheriff; Lewis Hale, aneighbouring farmer who discovered Wright’s body; and Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, wives tothe two local men. As the men were busy searching for clues in only at the crime scene, thewomen however discover bits of evidence in the farmer’s wife kitchen. This shows how menvirtually ignore the women’s world and they remain blind to the truth before their eyes.PlotThe play started when the sheriff, Mr. Peters, Henderson and Mr. Hale enter theabandoned rural farmhouse followed by the wives, Mrs. Peters and Mrs Hale forinvestigation. The investigation begins with Mr. Peters questioning Lewis about how Mr.Wright’s body was found. Lewis explain that he was on his way to town and stopped at theWrights’ farmhouse and found Minnie nervously rocking her on a chair. When he asked herto see her husband, she quietly told Lewis that her husband was lying dead, with a ropearound his neck.