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In Trifles Susan Glaspell portrays a scenario that is intended to be most disturbing to her readers Glaspell indicates that a man has died in a quite peculiar way as well as providing her readers with clues such as a dead canary in order for them to decipher who had committed the crime Mrs Wright was the obvious offender But the question that I pose while analyzing the work is Was Mrs Wright suffering from an all too common sickness known today as Battered Womens Syndrome And if this proves to be a legitimate hypothesis was she therefore justified in killing her husband Mrs Wrights actions were justified because murder was Mrs Wrights only escape from the pure terror and madness that existed within the walls of the Wright farmhouse First we must ask ourselves what is it that truly classifies a woman to be battered We consider a woman to be battered if she is subjected repeatedly to coercive behavior physical sexual or psychological by a man attempting to force her to do what he wants her to do regardless of her own desires rights or best interests Walker 102 We are not able to hear directly from Mrs Wright in Glaspells play The evidence and clues that lead us to believe that Mrs Wright was indeed suffering within her marriage to John Wright all comes to us from her old friend Mrs Hale Mrs Hale reminisces over the times prior to Mrs Wrights marriage as she was known then as Minnie Foster She mentions that Minnie Foster was real sweet and pretty but kind of timid and fluttery She then goes onto mention How-she-did-change This tells us that Mrs Wright was no longer who she had once been This change most definitely was not a positive one in any way Mrs Ha le makes many references to Mr Hale as being a hard man As she continues to speak of Mr Wright
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