Feminist drama[ edit ] Trifles is seen as an example of early feminist drama. The two female characters, Mrs. Hale, are able to sympathize with Minnie, the victim's wife, and understand her possible motive, which leads them to the evidence against her.
Check out this chunk from the first block of stage directions in the play: Peters] is a slight wiry woman, a thin nervous face. Hale is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking, but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully as she enters.
Glaspell is telling us exactly what the main ladies are like and also secretly or not so secretly giving the actors tips on how they ought to play them.
Speech and Dialogue Even though stage directions are nice extras, the only thing an audience ever hears is the dialogue. So the best playwrights know how to work characterization magic only with what people say. Wright was acting when he found her the morning before.
Out favorite example is when Mrs. Wright as "like a raw wind that gets to the bone" It absolutely gives you the feel for just how harsh Mr. Hale is also the one who gives us a lot of the details on how Mrs.
Wright got worn down over the years by being married to Mr. She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. Even though this is filed under Speech and Dialogue, we could also stick it with Direct Characterization since were being directly told what Mrs.
While characters can tell us things about each other, they can also tell us a lot about themselves. For example, we can tell that Mrs. Wright was planning to quilt or knot the quilt. Props We also give Glaspell mad props for characterizing with Wright never makes an appearance on stage, we get a real feel for her sad, lonely, and slightly creepy life as we watch Mrs.
Peters go through her stuff. Her broken preserve jars, quilt scraps, and empty rocking chair all give us a sense of dismal, housewife-y life. The sad, lonely, slightly creepy levels are dialed to eleven when the ladies find Mrs.
When we see these things we know just how starved Mrs.Character Analysis Of Susan Glaspell 's ' Trifles ' Words | 7 Pages Faulkner and Trifles written by Susan Glaspell loneliness, poverty and isolation consume the lives of the characters. Minnie Wright Character Timeline in Trifles The timeline below shows where the character Minnie Wright appears in Trifles.
The colored dots and icons indicate which . Need help on characters in Susan Glaspell's Trifles? Check out our detailed character descriptions. (read full character analysis) Mrs.
Hale. The wife of the neighboring farmer. Mrs. Hale is wracked by guilt at not having visited Minnie Wright more often to support her through the difficulties of living with her unkind husband.
Mrs. Hale – Neighbor to the Wrights and wife of Lewis Hale (originally played by Susan Glaspell, and later by Kim Base) John Wright – The murdered man and owner of the house; Mrs. Minnie Wright – John Wright's wife and his murderer; Plot summary.
The play begins as the men, followed by the women, enter the Wright's empty farm house. Trifles by Susan Glaspell In the short play "Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, various questions and issues originate concerning with the bond between women, the difference between male and female, and what life was like in the early nineteen century for women.
Mrs. Wright. Born Minnie Foster, she used to be a happy, lively girl who sang in the local choir, but after she married John Wright, her life became unhappy and forlorn.
Although she does not appear in the play, she is the main suspect in her husband's murder and sends Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale to collect a few minor items for her from the farmhouse.