Barayah Khawaja 1804639 English 103 March 17, 2015
Two Competing Investigations
The play Trifles written in 1916 by Susan Glaspell is about a story with two different investigations of the murder of John Wright. Mrs Wright is taken to prison as she is suspected of her husband’s murder. This play takes place in Mr and Mrs Wright’s house and opens with three men and two women entering the Wright house. Among the three men, one of them are Mr Wright’s neighbours, Mr Hale, the Sheriff, and the County Attorney. Among the women, are Mrs Hale and the Sheriff’s wife, Mrs Peters. These characters carry on their own separate investigations; the men’s investigation being official and women’s investigation being unofficial. The women came to the house to collect anything that Mrs Wright might want or need and the men are there to investigate and collect any evidence that would prove Mrs Wright as the culprit. The men investigated through logic, communicating with words and looking for evidence. The women investigated through trivial matters, memory, empathy and silence. The women understood Mrs Wright and empathized with her; they are the ones who find the evidence and instead of handing it over to the men, they attempt to save Mrs Wright by hiding the evidence. The men want to find evidence to prove Mrs Wright as the murderer to have her brought to justice. Both groups have their own distinct perspectives which result into two strongly opposing ethical paradigms.
This play was written at a time when marriage was just a way for men to possess women as if they were property rather than two equal partners. This play illustrates the separation between men and women physically, mentally and emotionally. The men and women both come to the ...