Symbols in Susan Glaspell’s Trifles
Symbolism in Trifles by Susan Glaspell In today's society, we generally view upon everyone as equal beings who deserve equal rights. At the turn of the 20th century, this particular view didn?t exist. Men clearly dominated almost every aspect of life and women were often left with little importance. The Wright?s embody this view of roles in Susan Glaspell?s play Trifles. Mrs. Wright was a typical woman who suffered the mental abuse from her husband and was caged from life. In Trifles, a mixture of symbolism of oppression illustrates Mrs. Minnie Wright?s motives to kill her husband and to escape from imprisonment.
Suddenly Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters can guess what had happened, because Mrs. Peter recalls when she was a little girl how she felt when a boy killed her beloved kitten: my kitten” there was a boy took a hatchet, and before my eyes” before I could get there” She covered her face an instant. If they hadn’t held me back I would have” she caught herself, looked upstairs where footsteps were heard, and finished weakly”hurt him”. The death of the dead canary must have caused Minnie to go over the edge. When the lawmen had returned she ladies hide the box under the quilt piece in the basket. They’ve decided not to provide this damning evidence, instead, they have decided to protect Minnie. This move proves their solidarity against men who cannot understand the difficulties women faces in this society. In Susan Glaspell “trifles”symbolism plays an important role in the story as it helps the audience to comprehend the meaning of the symbols. Glaspell used a canary, a quilt, and a dead canary to symbolically explain what was going on in Mrs. Wright’s mind, how she was before she married Mr. Wright. The canary symbolizes her spirit and personality how she was as a bird herself, the quilt symbolized her life and her marriage, the choices she had to make as regards to her husband’s murder; and last the dead canary symbolize the missing piece of evidence which could serve motive as to why she killed her husband, and also show the solidarity of sisterhood. Glaspell used symbols to help illustrate how the emotional abuse infiltrate and neglect infiltrates on Mrs. Wright by her husband had slowly killed show she was. This story symbolizes how oppressed her life was under her husband domination.
All things considered, in the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, symbolism is used to help the audience figure out why Mrs. Wright killed her husband. Glaspell uses character s names, a bird and a quilt to symbolically explain what was going on in the mind of Minnie Wright, and what led to the murder of her husband. The character s names helped the audience to understand the male domination of the whole town, especially the dominance that was in the Wright s house. The bird symbolized Minnie s personality, and spirit, and how it was suppressed and literally murdered; and last but not least the quilt symbolized Minnie s life, and also the choices that she made concerning her husband s murder. This was an excellent way to get the audience involved in the play, and the use of symbolism encouraged one to think about what was actually going on.