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Auni Afifah Binti Otoh Sibik Mrs. Shubashini Suppiah TSL1064 – Drama In English Critical Analysis of a Play (35%) – Individual TRIFLES Introduction The one-act play called “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell was written in 1916 based on the actual event that occurred in Iowa. Glaspell was a reporter for the Des Moines News, where she 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 an axe 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 never actually appear; instead, the story focuses on the prosecutor, George Henderson, who has been called in to investigate the murder; Henry Peters, the local sheriff; Lewis Hale, a neighbouring farmer who discovered Wright’s body; and Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, wives to the two local men. As the men were busy searching for clues in only at the crime scene, the women however discover bits of evidence in the farmer’s wife kitchen. This shows how men virtually ignore the women’s world and they remain blind to the truth before their eyes. Plot The play started when the sheriff, Mr. Peters, Henderson and Mr. Hale enter the abandoned rural farmhouse followed by the wives, Mrs. Peters and Mrs Hale for investigation. 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 the Wrights’ farmhouse and found Minnie nervously rocking her on a chair. When he asked her to see her husband, she quietly told Lewis that her husband was lying dead, with a rope around his neck.

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