What does the play suggest about justice?

Main Post (worth 10pts): Choose one of the following topics:

  • Here’s a creative option.  Write a post describing how you would approach  Trifles if you were in charge of directing the play.  Who would you cast?  What would you want your version to emphasize?  Is there a specific moment in the play that you would highlight in some way?
  • Mrs. Peters seems more concerned with the legalities of the situation than Mrs. Hale, and Mrs. Peters suggests that that the men are doing their duty.  Why might Glaspell make the women different in this way?  How do these differences contribute to the conflict and resolution of the play?
  • What does the play suggest about justice?  As a starting point for your answer, you might look up a definition or two of justice (be sure to cite your source) and talk about the play in light of your definition.

Your answer should include at least two direct references/ quotes from the text; you will not receive full credit for references/ quotes that other students have discussed.  Post early and you won’t have to worry about losing points for piggy-backing.

2.  One response post 5pts: you know the drill–just advance the conversation in some way in a post of about 250 words

3.  Optional Extra Credit: Do a second main post on a different topic for up to 10pts extra credit



Response on this

In this week’s reading of the drama “Trifles”, I did notice that Mrs. Peters seemed to be more concerned than Mrs. Hale with the legalities of the situation regarding Mrs. Wright.  During the reading, Mrs. Peters kept telling Mrs. Hale that the county attorney, and sheriff were doing their job while looking for evidence of Mr. Wright’s death.  Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale had two different perspectives about what really happen in the murder of Mr. Wright and was Mrs. Wright telling the truth of how her husband got murdered.   First, Mrs. Peters did not know Mrs. Wright at all, causing Mrs. Peters to not really rely on what Mrs. Wright had said about what happen that night of the incident.   It seem like Mrs. Peters did not have any sympathy for what Mrs. Wright was going through during that time.  However, I felt that because Mrs. Hale knew Mrs. Wright, Mrs. Hale display some compassion on this newly widow.  When Mrs. Hale was expressing her concern about Mrs. Wright well-being, Mrs. Peters stated, “But Mrs. Hale, the law is the law.” (Glaspell 778)  Overall, the two women outlook on Mrs. Wright’s current situation made this drama reading interesting.  It was interesting that Mrs. Hale felt that she should have spent more time with Mrs. Wright or she should have did something to bring some form of happiness into Mrs. Wright’s life.  Mrs. Hale expressed her concern about Mrs. Wright by saying, “I might have known she needed help! I know how things can be — for women.” (Glaspell 782)  As a result of Mrs. Hale’s compassion, she intentionally lied and hid information or evidence from the attorney and sheriff that was located in the Wright’s household.

Glaspell, Susan. “Trifles.” The Norton Introduction to Literature, edited by Kelly J. Mays, portable 12th ed., W.W. Norton, 2017, pp. 772-783