Final Essay on "Trifles"

Final Essay on "Trifles" - Olga Botea English 200...

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Olga Botea English 200 2/12/2011 Thinking Exercises (pg. 48) Number 2 Do you think Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are justified in not showing the County Attorney what they have found? Why or why not? In the short play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, a woman, Mrs. Wright, is suspected of killing her husband. The sheriff and county attorney actively search her house for evidence; the main focus of the play is the women, their “trifles” (287) and their realization of the truth about Mr. Wright’s murder as they gain insight into Mrs. Wright’s life and her husbands death. Mrs. Hale says “I know how things can be—for women. (. ..) We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things” (293). As fellow women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters could so closely understand and relate to Mrs. Wrights situation, and are justified in holding back the evidence that they did find. In present day, withholding evidence would not be tolerated under any condition, but because this play unfolds in the year 1916 and John Wrights presence causes Mrs. Hale to believe that “I
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Final Essay on "Trifles" - Olga Botea English 200...

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