Susan Glaspell’s Trifles: How Minnie Will Fare in Her Murder Trial and Why. Discuss the Evidence and the Involvement of the Two Women in the Play
This line was significant because it solidifies their solidarity as women and the guilt Mrs. Hale has for not helping Minnie, although she had a clue of what was happening. On the other hand the question of whether Minnie could have truly been helped could be asked. John Wright isolated Minnie and he was abusive towards her. Someone who is being abused could be saved in theory, but mentally that person is broken. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters want badly to get justice for Minnie, but they are not sure how to go about it. Ultimately they decide that hiding the dead bird would be best for Minnie. Glaspell was writing about more than just a mystery, she is portraying the different perceptions between men and women. She was writing on misogyny, and the awful effect it can have on women. When a woman is isolated and abused she can do heinous things that she may not typically be capable of. The question is does Minnie deserve the punishment deserved for murder or has she been punished enough? The women surely seem to think so as they hide the evidence from the county attorney and sheriff. As an oppressed group they felt they had the burden of protecting Minnie.
they chose to write about themselves" (Fetterley; 7). This is seen in her short story "The Story of an Hour," where the main character, Mrs. Mallard, first experiences a rebirth when she is told that her husband has died in a train accident but then suddenly dies at the end of the story when Mr. Mallard walks in the front door. Like Chopin, Fern was first and foremost concerned with revealing the hidden lives of women. Fern demonstrated a "willingness to articulate that women’s point of view conventionally ignored or suppressed" (Parton; 246).
Peters, can quilt together the pieces of Susan Glaspell's life. Her coverage of the trial of Mrs. Hossack when she was a young reporter and her visit to the Hossack farmhouse provided factual knowledge 'of abuse and society's responses and non-responses. The kitchen of the farmhouse gave her the set for Trifles. Her exposure to feminist theory associated with the first wave of feminism in New York City, Provincetown and Chicago gave her a clear theoretical basis for her feminist views.
Fetterley, Judith. "Introduction", Provisions: A Reader from 19th- Century American Women. Ed. Judith Fetterley. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1985. pp1-40.
Parton, Sara Willis. "Fannie Fern: 1811-1872". Provisions: A Reader from 19th-Century American Women. Ed. Judith Fetterley. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1985. PP241-48.
Skaggs, Peggy. "Kate Chopin: 1851-1904." The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Vol.2 Gen. Ed. Paul Lauter. 2nd Ed. Lexington: D.C. Heath, 1994. PP635-37.