1917
Susan Glaspell
Summary
• Characters
• Synopsis
• Notes
Characters
• Sheriff (Mr. Peters)
• County Attorney (Mr. Henderson)
• Mr. Hale
• Mrs. Peters
• Mrs. Hale
• John Wright
• M...
Trifles
house
bleak Gloomy kitchen
Female
Mrs.Hale Mrs.Peters Mrs. Wright
Male
Mr.Wright C.Attorny
Mr.Hale
Frank
Sheriff
Harry
Mrs. Peters: Laws
Dialogue
“Though I said to Harry that I didn’t know as
what his wife wanted made much different
to John” Mr.Hale
“Well, wo...
Mr. Wright
Mrs. Wright
Death
Rocking Chair
Mr.Hale, Sheriff, C.Attorney
Mrs.Hale, Mrs.Peters
Men
2nd
floor
Women
Log Cabin!
Cage!
Dead Canary!
Cherries
Untidy kitchen
Mrs. Peters
Dead Canary
Mrs.Hale
Box
! !
!
!
!
!
!!
!
!
Men
They call it---knot it.
Trifles
Outside – Below Zero
Kitchen- Untidy
Hale, Sheriff, C.Attorney- CSI
Mrs.Hale, Mrs.Peters- stand close together
Mr. Hale tells about what he just saw
yesterday
- Party telephone
- Mr.Wright dead
- Mrs. Wright rocking the chair – her
r...
- C.A. looks on the shelf
- the frozen fruit
- Men’s reaction to women’s trifles
- Mrs. Hale and the towels
“There’s a great deal of work to be done on
farm”
“Loyal to your sex”
“ But I don’t think a pla...
• Mrs. Peters take some clothes for Minnie
Mrs. Hale: “I’d hate to have men…snooping
around and criticizing”
Mrs. Peters: ...
Mrs. Hale& Mrs. Peters found:
- Breadbox
- Cherries
- Clothes
Mrs. Hale and the rocking chair
“…With a slow look at it, st...
Mrs. Hale: Minnie Foster as a choir member
Mrs. Peters: apron and shawl/ Dirty v.s.
natural
“Do you think she did it?”
“Oh...
• Mrs. Peters: “Mr. Henderson said coming out
that what was needed for the case was a
motive…”
• Found “log cabin” quilt
“...
Mrs. Hale - pulled at a
knot and ripped the
sewing
Mrs. Peters – to find
strings in a cupboard
Found : Birdcage, one
hinge...
Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright characteristics
- He paid his debts, he didn’t drink, kept
his word
Mrs. Hale and Minnie characte...
Found: The dead
canary in the box –
broken neck…
Mrs. Hale and Peters
discover the truth
Mrs. Peters
- her stillness, her first baby died after he was
two years old.
- her kitten, a boy and a hatchet
Women hides...
Theme
• What is the theme of the story?
Symbolism
Dead Canary
Cage
Knot it
Incompleted quilt
???
Wright
Party telephone
Female
Mrs.Hale Mrs.Peters Mrs. Wright
Male
Mr.Wright C.Attorny
Mr.Hale
Frank
Sheriff
Harry
sarcastic
Law m.
Bird&cage
Fro...
Mrs. Hale
Questions
• How does the physical location of the
characters help develop the theme?
• Who are more fully developed, the t...
• Explain the use of symbols in Trifles
• What is the hidden meaning of Mrs. Hale’s
last reply?
• Women are pitted against...
Notes
• Discovering a secret that binds them, the
two must realize painful truths in their own
lives, become aware of all ...
Trifles: Modern Drama
Trifles: Modern Drama
Trifles: Modern Drama
Trifles: Modern Drama
Trifles: Modern Drama
Trifles: Modern Drama
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Trifles: A drama by Susan Glaspell that comprises literary elements, metaphors through women's strife and solidarity. It represents primary movement to women's suffrage and political equality through men's presumptuous deduction.

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Trifles: Modern Drama

  1. 1. 1917
  2. 2. Susan Glaspell
  3. 3. Summary • Characters • Synopsis • Notes
  4. 4. Characters • Sheriff (Mr. Peters) • County Attorney (Mr. Henderson) • Mr. Hale • Mrs. Peters • Mrs. Hale • John Wright • Minnie Foster (Mrs. Wright)
  5. 5. Trifles house bleak Gloomy kitchen
  6. 6. Female Mrs.Hale Mrs.Peters Mrs. Wright Male Mr.Wright C.Attorny Mr.Hale Frank Sheriff Harry Mrs. Peters: Laws
  7. 7. Dialogue “Though I said to Harry that I didn’t know as what his wife wanted made much different to John” Mr.Hale “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” Mr.Hale
  8. 8. Mr. Wright Mrs. Wright Death Rocking Chair
  9. 9. Mr.Hale, Sheriff, C.Attorney Mrs.Hale, Mrs.Peters
  10. 10. Men 2nd floor Women Log Cabin! Cage! Dead Canary! Cherries Untidy kitchen
  11. 11. Mrs. Peters Dead Canary Mrs.Hale Box ! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! Men They call it---knot it.
  12. 12. Trifles Outside – Below Zero Kitchen- Untidy Hale, Sheriff, C.Attorney- CSI Mrs.Hale, Mrs.Peters- stand close together
  13. 13. Mr. Hale tells about what he just saw yesterday - Party telephone - Mr.Wright dead - Mrs. Wright rocking the chair – her reaction
  14. 14. - C.A. looks on the shelf - the frozen fruit - Men’s reaction to women’s trifles
  15. 15. - Mrs. Hale and the towels “There’s a great deal of work to be done on farm” “Loyal to your sex” “ But I don’t think a place’d be any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it.”
  16. 16. • Mrs. Peters take some clothes for Minnie Mrs. Hale: “I’d hate to have men…snooping around and criticizing” Mrs. Peters: “Of course it’s no more than their duty.”
  17. 17. Mrs. Hale& Mrs. Peters found: - Breadbox - Cherries - Clothes Mrs. Hale and the rocking chair “…With a slow look at it, steps back.”
  18. 18. Mrs. Hale: Minnie Foster as a choir member Mrs. Peters: apron and shawl/ Dirty v.s. natural “Do you think she did it?” “Oh, I don’t know”
  19. 19. • Mrs. Peters: “Mr. Henderson said coming out that what was needed for the case was a motive…” • Found “log cabin” quilt “I wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it?”- trifles
  20. 20. Mrs. Hale - pulled at a knot and ripped the sewing Mrs. Peters – to find strings in a cupboard Found : Birdcage, one hinge is pulled apart
  21. 21. Mrs. Hale and Mr. Wright characteristics - He paid his debts, he didn’t drink, kept his word Mrs. Hale and Minnie characteristics - she was kind of a bird herself, pretty, sweet, timid, fluttery
  22. 22. Found: The dead canary in the box – broken neck… Mrs. Hale and Peters discover the truth
  23. 23. Mrs. Peters - her stillness, her first baby died after he was two years old. - her kitten, a boy and a hatchet Women hides the evidence “We call it – knot it, Mr.Henderson”
  24. 24. Theme • What is the theme of the story?
  25. 25. Symbolism Dead Canary Cage Knot it Incompleted quilt ??? Wright Party telephone
  26. 26. Female Mrs.Hale Mrs.Peters Mrs. Wright Male Mr.Wright C.Attorny Mr.Hale Frank Sheriff Harry sarcastic Law m. Bird&cage Frozen Fruit Incompleted quilt Cage Dead bird Knot it? detectors
  27. 27. Mrs. Hale
  28. 28. Questions • How does the physical location of the characters help develop the theme? • Who are more fully developed, the two women or the three men? • Indicate several ways Susan Glaspell conditions the audience to accept the final decision.
  29. 29. • Explain the use of symbols in Trifles • What is the hidden meaning of Mrs. Hale’s last reply? • Women are pitted against their husbands and other men. How are the men and women portrayed? • Mythic elements, do these elements lift the play, from its regionalism and give it a universal importance.
  30. 30. Notes • Discovering a secret that binds them, the two must realize painful truths in their own lives, become aware of all they have in common with Minnie Wright, and gradually resolve to side with the accused against the men.
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