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In Susan Glaspells play Trifles 1163 she tells a story of mysteryand intrigue surrounding an apparent murder The setting is in the earlytwentieth century and it appears to be cold maybe late fall or the deadof winter Either way the mood is chilling cold like the death that hasset the tone of the play Although a death or a murder had taken placeGlaspell was not trying to make it the main theme The main point shewas leading to was the plight that so many women faced during this timein history Glaspell illustrates how in the early twentieth centurywomen were second class and some time were treated as such even by themen they were married toWomen in the early to mid twentieth century were mainly relegated tothe house The upkeep of the house and maintenance of their husbandswas or the most part their only job Their job was thankless and thatsometimes-bordered on slavery Mrs Wright was lively and happy before hermarriage The two female characters in the play even talk about the beautyof her voice before marriage and how she used to sing in the churchchoir Over the years her husband Mr Wright seemed to break her down andtransformed her into somebody to meet his own needs The only thing thatseemed to make her happy was a bird a sweet singing canary that may haveturned out to be a breaking point in Mrs Wright When Mrs Wright foundthe bird dead she snapped and killed her husband Mrs Wright founda way to free herself from the prison that Mr Wright had kept her inthrough murder she escapedMrs Wright was not the only one Glaspell was trying to make a pointfor the suffrage that women endured in the early twentieth century Shecleverly makes her point through the other two female characters inthe play Mrs Peters and Mrs Hale In the beginning of the play themen make comments on the cleanliness of the house Court Attorney notmuch of a
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