2man and neglected his wife's happiness. He paid little attention to his wife's opinions and prevented her from singing. The play centers on the motive for his murder. The motive for the wife’s crime lies in Minnie Wright's sad and isolated life. This isolation is imposed by her hard and silent husband. When he kills her canary, he is figuratively killing her contact with her past self—a woman full of life and song.5. Why do the men fail to see the clues that Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover?The men in Trifles are condescending towards the women and as such treat them with disdain. Therefore, the clues and evidence that the women find are seen as worthless or just women details that do not have much meaning.6. What is the significance of the birdcage and the dead bird? Why do Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters respond so strongly to them? How do you respond?The dead bird is a significant piece of evidence within Trifles because the women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, realize that the door to the bird cage was violently ripped open and the little bird's neck broken. When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters see this, they realize Mr. Wright must have killed the bird in a fit of rage. The two women know that Mrs. Wright was lonely and trapped like the bird in the cage. They can tell she loved the bird because she has carefully wrapped it in a silk handkerchief. The birdcage represents how Mrs. Wright was trapped in her marriage, and could not escape it. The birdcage door is broken which represents her broken marriage to Mr. Wright. It also represents Mrs. Wright escaping her marriage from Mr. Wright. When the door is open it allows Mrs. Wright to become a free woman. At one point in time the cage door used to have a lock that locked the bird inside the cage. This represents how Mr. Wright kept Mrs. Wright locked up from society. Mr. Wright knew that by keeping Mrs. Wright locked up, she would never be able to tell anyone how he really acted. Mr. Wright was very cruelto his wife.