Trifles

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Can women do a man’s job?
Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are two major characters in Glaspell’s Trifles. We enter a story where the women are following the men into the kitchen of the now abandoned farmhouse of John Wright. Hale’s wife speaks about Minnie’s (John’s wife) alienation from her nearest neighbors because of John’s stingy and unfriendly ways. She is being accused of being his murderer and Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters make observations of things that Minnie has left undone or unfinished around the house. This story is during an era where women were seen as incompetent to do a “man’s job”, yet these women were more observant and resourceful when trying to solve this crime.
The women begin prodding around the kitchen and taking notice to things Minnie has just left untidy in the kitchen. The women had been sent to grab some belongings for Minnie, so they proceeded in doing so. The women then begin conversating about whether or not they believe Minnie is innocent. They move around the house and notice the quilt that was being pieced. They then notice simple clues of things being out of place in the house, but things that only a woman would take notice to. As the women are speaking about the quilt the sheriff enters and mocks the women. “They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it!” [The men laugh and the women look abashed] (897). The men leave and the women sit at a table and resume in further noticing more evidence. “Mrs. Peters, look at this one. Here, this is the one she was working on, and look at the sewing! All the rest of it has been so nice and even. And look at this! It’s all over the place! Why it looks as if she didn’t know what she was about!” (898). This simple observation leads the women to realize that Minnie was bothered by something. They relate to this by saying that they too sew awful when something is…...

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