30 October 2012
Who’s Really Wright?
The play Trifles written by Susan Glaspell discovers the standard male stereotype of women by asserting that women frequently worry about petite things. Glaspell writes of a woman who murdered her husband because he was to blame for her cold and lonely life. The women characters, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, solve the murder while the men, the county attorney and Sherriff, wonder about trying to look at the big picture. The men completely underestimate the women and do not expect them to come up with much evidence in the murder case. Glaspell’s use of symbolic objects such as a bird, a bird cage, and accusations that women only deal with Trifles, show that Mr. Wright is the “True” murderer in the play Trifles.
The canary in the play represents Mrs. Wright before marriage as Minnie Foster. A canary, which is a bird, has to be caged so it does not fly away from its original home. This exactly ties into how Mrs. Wright was like the bird. She feels caged in her home and cannot get away. Just like the bird, Minnie Foster is beautiful, has a free spirit, and has a wonderful singing voice. Mrs. Wright uses the canary as an escape from her broken marriage. As Brian Sutton states, “a canary this time- evokes a wife’s urge to escape her marital dreariness”. Once married, it was very rare for Mrs. Wright to associate with anyone. The canary is used as an alternative for children who exile the silence in the house. Mr. Wright, who prefers it to be “silent” in the house, obviously did not like the noise that the canary makes. He takes matters into his own hands as he kills the bird, taking away the little happiness that Mrs. Wright has at all. Mrs. Wright finally comes to her breaking point as she rings her husband’s neck till he dies. This bit of information is a changing point in the play Trifles. The men believe Mrs. Wright has just gone crazy, and kills her husband for no reason at all....