Natale Kassabian Professor Rauch ENG 102 30 April 2020 Classwork 5- “Trifles” Questions 1.How do you explain the play’s title? In what ways does the ironic title of the play shape its meaning? a.The play is named “Trifles” which in the dictionary refers to small, insignificant things or “a thing with little value or importance”. The title is ironic of the play, because the women notice details that the men write off as trifles or unimportant. 2.How does the setting of the play contribute to our understanding of Minnie Wright’s position? a.The play is set in the 1900’s and mainly takes place in the Wright’s kitchen, which in that society is where women “belonged”. The setting contributes to our understanding of Minnie Wright’s position because the meaning of the kitchen is multilayered as later revealed in the play. 3.How does the entrance of the characters distinguish between the men and the women? a.The entrance of the male characters came first with the woman following behind them. This distinguishes that men are always the leaders and women are the followers. As the men come in they are assertive and carry a strong presence, while the women remain timid and stand together in the doorway.
4.How can Hale’s description of Minnie Wright as she sits in her rocking chair be interpreted from a female point of view rather than the male one what Hale provides?