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Sayma Chowdhury TriflesJournal Questions 1.How do you explain the play’s title? In what ways does the ironic title of the play shape its meaning? Ans: Trifles are generally items of little importance or value. In the play, the little is appropriate due to the significance of the everyday items. Trifles also creates the conflictsthat draws audience attention.2. How does the setting of the play contribute to our understanding of Minnie Wright’s position?Ans: The setting represents her and her marriage to John. The kitchen is cold, like their marriage. Her preserve jars are broken, suggesting barren feelings and lack of hope for the future. Her sewing basket, which should be a center of creativity, is instead used to hold the dead canary's body, which in turn symbolizes her happiness and singing spirit shoved lifeless into a basket and covered in darkness3.Consider the first scene: the order people enter and speak, the actions ascribed to them by Glaspell. What hierarchies are established?Ans: There are two different hierarchies established throughout the play, the obvious one is the men before the women. The men enter before the women. Within the men it is the Attorney, Hale, and the Sheriff. The second hierarchies that is hidden in the play is the women and then the men, because the women know more than the men do and are in charge of this whole murder. The actions ascribed to them by Glaspell are simply the women seem to lack confidence and seem to be scared, and are always standing together. As the men are confident and trying to take control of the situation.
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?Ans: Hale’s description of Minnie Wright as she sits in her rocking chair be interpreted from a female point of view as seeing her in as shock and that’s why she is not reacting the way she would be expected to after losing her husband5.What is the significance of: the cage, the bird; Mrs. Hale fixing the stitching?Birds represent Mrs. Wright Ans: The cage and Mrs. Hale fixing the stitching represent that Mrs. Hale doesn’t want Mrs. Wright to get into trouble trying to hide all the evidence. Birds represent Mrs. wright6.What are the main differences between Minnie Foster and Minnie Wright?