Trifles By Glaspell

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Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell, presents an injustice occurring based on the women's attempt to protect their own. The women in the play try to help the accused perpetrator, Mrs. Wright, by hiding and covering up evidence. The question is why are they helping Mrs. Wright? What connection or feelings do they have to Mrs. Wright? Are they sincere people, trying to help a fellow human, or are they acting for the women as a whole and helping a fellow woman whom they believe stuck up against the more powerful man.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters hide evidence from the sheriff and county attorney. This evidence was a dead bird that was hidden in a red box, and appears to have been strangled. They hide this evidence because with it they can possibly prove that Mrs. Wright had a motive to kill her husband, Mr. Wright, whom they assume killed the bird. Without this evidence the jury will not have any incriminating evidence against Mrs. Wright and may not be able to incriminate her.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters do not actually have relationships with Mrs. Wright. They attempt to help her because she is a fellow female. In the beginning of the play when the two women first get to the house, Mrs. Hale says, "these towels get dirty awful quick. Men's hands aren't always as clean as they might be" (130). She makes derogatory remarks about the whole male gender stating that they are not as innocent as they seem. She also goes on to say, "I've not seen much of her of late years, I've not been in this house - it's more than a year"(130). Mrs. Hale is expressing how she does not really know much about Mrs. Wright because she...