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Trifles written by Susan Glaspell is a real life murder case that uses symbolism to help solve a mystery Glaspells use of dialect set on a midwestern farm emphasizes the towns gender-separated society Isolationism a quilt and incomplete housework are the three key symbols in the play the help the reader figure out who murdered Mrs Wrights husband First of all isolationism is an important clue in the murder case Mrs Wrights farmhouse is located in a hollow down in the woods which puts her in a secluded place Mr Hale a friend came to talk to Mr Wright about a party telephone but he said He put me off saying folks talked too much anyway This is an example of how Mr Wright did not want himself and his wife to have contact with anyone in town Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters find a birdcage without a bird inside and the door hinge had been pulled apart Later they find the bird in Mrs Wrights sewing box and Mrs Peters states that Somebody - wrung - its - neck We can assume from this that her husband was tired of hearing the bird sing and he was the one to wring to birds neck But to Mrs Wright the bird was important to her It was the only normality to the outside world she had and Mr Wright had taken that away from her A quilt that Mrs Wright was working on is also an important symbol in the play Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters find the quilt Mrs Wright had been working on Mrs Hale says referring to the sewing Why it looks as if she didnt know what she was about Mrs Wright was nervous when she was sewing the quilt and had knotted it Knotting the quilt would symbolize knotting her husbands neck It is evident that she was upset about
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