While reading the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, there were a few aspects that I was really drawn to. The symbolism I gathered from the bird cage, the bird, and the quilt helped me see the perspective behind why Mrs. Write indeed murdered her husband. Though it seems that the women may have been perceived as domestic house wives with nothing more than a chore list to accomplish, they were really underestimated. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Wright, having known one another for quite some time, really shined a light on a true friendship. Even Mrs. Peters, being new to the area didn’t hold any bearing on her place in all this. These women came together to protect Mrs. Wright because they too understood why such a measure would’ve been taken. Mrs. Hale, partly may have been acting on guilt, she states that I could’ve come. I stayed away because it weren’t cheerful—and that’s why I ought to have come. Though she knew Mrs. Wright all these years, she stopped coming around.
With mention of the house not being a cheerful place, it seems about right to compare it to the bird cage. A caged bird may be just how Mrs. Wright saw herself. She was trapped, unable to be free to be the person she used to be. She was once a happy, beautiful woman, now just a lost soul. It was her husband that contributed to her repression. Mrs. Hale describes it best herself when she says that being around John Wright is Like a raw wind that gets to the bone. (Glaspell, 2011 p. 146) While Mrs. Wright suffered the outcome of her marriage, she developed a great understanding for what her canary felt living in a cage as it did.
The caged bird was dead. Somebody—wrung—its neck. (Glaspell, 2011 p. 146). The bird itself symbolized Mrs. Wright. She—come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself—real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and—fluttery. (Glaspell, 2011 p. 146) She was no longer the person she longed to be. John Wright killed the bird as it sang, just...