Susan Glaspell•The author of the playwright of “Trifles”•She was born in 1876 in Davenport, Iowa and passed away in the late 1940s.•She attended Duke University to obtain her ph. B degree, she studied English literature, bible, and more.•Her first job was a reporter at “Des Moines Daily News”, later she decided to become a freelancer writer.•She married George Clam Cook (former English professor and socialist)
Inspiration behind "Trifles"•Susan Glaspell worked as a reporter for “Des Moines Daily News"; during her time as a reporter, she covered a case on Margaret Hossack who was accused of killing her husband.Hossack's case initially sparked the inspiration for Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" and later the play “Trifles”.In which both stories were based on some of her experiences as a courtroom reporter. Her goal was to give people another way to perceive things.
Meet the Characters•John Wright–The murder victim. Husband ofMinnie Wright•Minnie Wright - Wife and killer of the John Wright.•Henry Peters –the sheriff who partners up with the court attorney to investigate a murder.•George Henderson –The court attorney who is given the task to investigate the murder of John Wright•Lewis Hale–The neighboring farmer who