EH 123 (ENGL 1023)
April 19, 2018
Defense of Mrs. Wright’s action in Trifles.
I found this story “Trifles” to be quiet interesting. Though this play may have been
written as fictional drama I feel that it really resonates with the abuse that many face even in our
day and time. The era in which this play was written was during a time when women had very
few rights, if any at all. Mrs. Wright, the wife of John Wright, it seems has been taken to be held
at the jail pending the investigation of her husband’s untimely death.
The story goes on to reveal conversations held between Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Hale that I
believe holds all the real clues as to what possibly happened in the life of Mrs. Wright. Mrs.
Hale recalls her memories of Mrs. Wright in her younger days. She described her as being one
that “used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls
singing in the choir.” (p. 1264)
There are many telltale signs that one can draw some ideas from as to this marriage being
anything but perfect. People do not just change their personalities from being lively and well
kept to not really caring for no reason. This transformation comes over a period of time of
having been treated in such a way as to be made to feel that one is not fitting or deserving of
anything better. However, I am of the impression back in that day it was ask no questions and