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Taking a Stand: Trifles by Susan Glaspell

            The play on Trifles is about a woman who may have killed her husband, either premeditated or for the reason that she has just had enough of his abuse. I will be arguing for Minnie's defense as to why she was just, and the women who aided her were also reasonable in aiding her in getting away with murder. It never seemed a very cheerful place" (Glaspell, pg. 1156, Ln 23), stated by Mrs. Hale. She never liked going to visit her friend, for she sensed Minnie didn't have the freedom of other ladies, John Wright kept her suppressed. She of course had no proof of this, just woman's intuition. "She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir." (Pg. 1157, Ln 30). John Wright had stripped her of everything and made her feel small and worthless. .
             When the ladies had found what Minnie had been quilting, they observed the disorganized stitches immediately and knew something was amiss. All of her stitches were perfectly done. Something had recently happened to where she was unable to concentrate. Then the bird was found. " Wright wouldn't like the bird – a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that, too." Said Mrs. Hale "It was an awful thing was done in this house that night." Said Mrs. Peters. (Pg 1162, Ln 13-17). "If there'd been years and years of nothing, then a bird to sing to you, it would be awful- still, after the bird was still." (Pg. 1162, Ln 23).
             John Wright was a man who had silenced and isolated his wife for over thirty years. It seemed that she had saved some money and bought the bird to give herself some joy in her life. To bring song back, to remind her of when she was young and that all hope isn't gone. I feel that when her husband snapped the neck on the bird, she waited patiently until he went to bed. Went to get the rope and took the life from him as he did from her and the innocent bird.

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