Trifles is a one-act play by susan glaspellit was first performed by the provincetown players at the wharf theatre in provincetown, massachusetts, on august 8, 1916in the original performance, glaspell played the role of mrs hale. Women are used to worrying over trifles mr hale said, and because of that, the women uncovered all the clues that would lead to motive and the men would remain clueless as for the messy kitchen that the attorney did notice but just chalked up to mrs wright not being a good house wife, the ladies noticed that she was in fact in the. Trifles embodies the problems of alienation women faced in the hands of a patriarchal society mr wright wanted her to be silent which is reminiscent of what gilbert and gubar say that a woman the law that the attorney says mrs peters is married to, is a patriarchal law that oppresses women and. The play trifles was written by susan glaspell in 1916 this play takes place in one house, the house of mr and mrs wright the play opens with three men and two women entering the wright's abandoned house there is unfinished business everywhere you look dirty dishes and a loaf of bread are. Peters, a sheriff, have come to the farm to investigate the strangling murder of john wright one of john wright's neighbors named mr hale the two male investigators see women's values and motivations in a disrespectful light - as mere trifles - and because of this attitude they fundamentally.
In the play, the two women - mrs peters and mrs hale- who are only brought along with the sheriff and attorney to retrieve some items for a wife - mrs wright/ minnie foster- accused for killing her husband -mr wright, are the ones who actually find the evidence to indict the accused. Since the 1900's, women have struggled with gender roles in society that leaned more in favor of men susan glaspell's play, trifles, reflects on this is mr peters's way of showing the others in the room that he knows how to get things done, how to get them done right, and that he has complete control of. The men's rebuke for the women's focus on the quilt reinforces the ideas established through the previous scene of mr henderson's criticism of minnie's housekeeping: the men dismiss and laugh at the women, mrs hale is resentful of this, and mrs peters tries to excuse the men for their unkind treatment. Simultaneously, over the course of the play, the two women suffer from their separate internal struggles, as mrs hale tries to articulate her guilt at having abandoned mrs wright while mrs peters weighs her trust in the male-defined realms of duty and the law against her instinctive sympathy for mrs wright's troubles.
On the scene with him are the county sheriff and his wife, mr and mrs peters, and the neighbors of the wrights, mr and mrs hale the attorney prompts mr hale into his story of entering the wright home in order to see if john would be interested in splitting the cost of a phone line. Trifles by susan glaspell in trifles by susan glaspell, the characteristics of the women and the attitudes to their men and their own roles in life are gradually illuminated. As the title trifles suggests, the men in the play view the two women's concerns as unimportant and frivolous in comparison to the real work the men have to do glaspell's characterization of the sheriff, henry peters, the attorney, george henderson, and the neighboring farmer, mr.
[the women draw nearer] mrs peters: (to the other woman) oh, her fruit it did freeze, (to the lawyer) she worried about that when it turned so hale: well, women are used to worrying over trifles [the two women move a little closer together] county attorney: (with the gallantry of a. During the investigation mr hale states, well, women are used to worrying over trifles (glaspell pg 1228) the men are snooping around the house looking for big clues and didn't find any, while the women are finding small clues and just enough clues that could be used for theories for a motive. At first, mrs peters is the more transgressive of the women this may be surprising considering she is the wife of the town sheriff unfortunately for the men, their notion that women's concerns are trifles means they cannot solve the crime, while their wives figure it out and, to take it a step further.
With them they bring two women, mrs hale, mr hale's wife and a neighbor to the wright's, and mrs peters, the sheriff's wife the men when they go into the house see a very different picture than. The women worry over the small things around the house the women are able to figure out the motive of why mrs wright killed her husband, because of all the small, simple details they discovered trifles is an appropriate title, because it is the little things that are very sufficient. Women's trifles solve mystery susan glaspell's play trifles (1163-74) is a one act play about the minnie wright, who is mr wright's wife, is a suspect in the murder the play takes place at the throughout the whole play, george henderson, the county attorney henry peters, the sheriff and.
She could convince mrs peters that mrs wright was the victim even more so than mr wright by explaining the stillness of their relationship looking at the situation without the knowledge mrs hale has and only the evidence both of the women uncovered, mr wright's death looks like an act of revenge. - the sheriff (mr peters), his wife (mrs peters), the county attorney, and the neighbours, mr hale and mrs hale, enter the kitchen of the wright household in trifles, the men believe that they grant female identity by virtue of the women's relation to men rather than through their inherent qualities as. Learn trifles with free interactive flashcards choose from 455 different sets of trifles flashcards on quizlet.