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Transcript of TRIFLES
SUSAN GLASPELL (1876 - 1948)
American playwright, actress, novelist, and journalist.
Founded the First Modern American theater company.
Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1931 (for
list of characters
The Wrights' neighbor
Wife of Mr. Hale
Wife of the sheriff
THE BIRD CAGE
A ONE-ACT PLAY
A one-act play is a play that has only one act, as distinct from plays that occur over several acts.
: early twentieth century
Mr. Henderson allows the women to collect some items for Mrs. Wright who is in custody
The women discover a quilt, an empty birdcage and a dead bird in a box
The women decide to hide the evidence due to their empathy
Things of little value or unimportant
The importance of women's
rights and equality
A STORY ABOUT TRIFLES
THIS IS THE END OF OUR PRESENTATION
Henry Peters, George Henderson, Lewis Hale, Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale arrive at John Wright's farmhouse to investigate Wright's murder
Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale discover the dead bird in the box
They can know
Mr. Wright was killed
Mrs. Wright herself
Mr. Wright's death
Mrs. Wright's unhappy marriage
Mrs. Wright's isolated
Mrs. Wright's self-liberation
The quilt remains uncompleted like the story
* One-act play may consist of one or more scenes.
: during very cold weather
: in the kitchen of a farmhouse in the Mid-West
1. Female identity is determined by relation to men rather than through their inherent qualities as females
Mr. Henderson and other men assume that the identity of women derive solely from their relationships to men.
MRS. Wright has been living in
EMPATHY & PROTECTION
The two women understand for Mrs. Wright's situation
2. The women have no first name
3. Stereotype women’s characteristics: “Nothing here but kitchen things”, “Well, women
are used to worrying over trifles. (Mr. Hale)”
HOWEVER, IN REALITY, WOMEN HAVE THEIR OWN SELVES.
except for the canary
This canary was killed
Mrs. Hale regrets not having protect Mr. Wright from isolation and solitude
She hides the evidence
Items in the Wright's house that are considered unimportant
Mr. Wright considers the bird as an annoying trifles
broadly shows typical differences in the way that males and females perceive the world
The two female characters sympathy with Mrs. Wright
Women have their own independence
They can do anything they want
They consider Mrs. Wright as a victim
They hide the key evidence
Men's view of women as trifles.
Women's opinions are not important.
Trifles, considered as unimportant by men, are key evidence
Mrs. Wright is not allowed to sing though she likes singing
Mrs. Peters violates the laws though her husband is a sheriff
used to sing
not like bird
Investigates the farmhouse for clues
County lawman holding Mrs. Wright in jail
discovers the key evidence