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TRIFLES By: Susan Glaspell

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Amanda Acevedo

on 21 November 2013

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Amanda Acevedo, Katerine Lens, Jennifer Tomasic, & Kevin Zelaya
By: Susan Glaspell
Who is Susan Glaspell?
Born in 1876 in Iowa
Graduated from Drake University in 1899
Wrote 9 plays from 1916-1922


What is the affect of omitting Mrs. Wright's appearance in the play?

Please support your description.
What tone is portrayed in the play?
Where is the climax in the play?

Please provide a specific reference to where you believe the climax is located.

What is each item symbolic of and how is it an important aspect of the play?
Whats symbols are present in the play?
How does community, limited, or sovereign, relate to Anderson’s idea of a nation as an “imagined political community” in the play?
How do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale portray the public and private spheres relevant with the setting of the play?
Please reference a specific passage where these societal spheres are present.
Is the play Romantic, Realistic, or Modern?
Please provide an explanation with your answer.
Why do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale cover up any evidence convicting Mrs. Wrights of the crime?
Hale: "Well, women are used to worrying over trifles."
Why is the title of the play ironic?
Open ended questions...
Is Mrs. Wright quilty? If so, why did she kill him?

Why does Mrs. Wright request her apron to be brought to her when she is taken to jail?

Please explain whether or not there is a resolution.
What reoccurring theme is prevalent in both and

The Yellow Wallpaper?
Cold House
Broken Jars

The Sheriff: They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it
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MRS. HALE [Lifting the silk.] Oh, Mrs. Peters--its--
[Mrs. Peters bends closer.
MRS. PETERS It's the bird.
MRS. HALE [Jumping up.] But, Mrs. Peters--look at it!
Its neck! Look at its neck! It's all--to the other side.
MRS. PETERS Somebody--wrung--its--neck.
MRS. HALE Those towels get dirty awful quick. Men's hands aren't always as clean as they might be.

COUNTY ATTORNEY Ah, loyal to your sex, I see. But you and Mrs. Wright were neighbors. I suppose you were friends, too.
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MRS. HALE I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be--for women, I tell you, it's queer, Mrs. Peters. We live close together and we live far apart. We all go through the same things--it's all just a different kind of the same thing. [Brushes her eyes, noticing the bottle of fruit, reaches out for it.] If I was you I wouldn't tell her her fruit was gone. Tell her it ain't. Tell her it's all right. Take this in to prove it to her. She--she may never know whether it was broke or not.
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MRS. PETERS: My, it's a good thing the men couldn't hear us. Wouldn't they just laugh! Getting all stirred up over a little thing like a--dead canary. As if that could have anything to do with--with--wouldn't they laugh!
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Lets play Hangman!
Break up into 5 groups
A group member may answer more than once when every member of the group has answered.
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