Trifles and symbols Essay

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trifles and symbols

In the play titled Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, Minnie Foster Wright is being accused of
murdering her husband, John. In this production, Mrs. Wright is consistently referenced,
and although she is not witnessed, she is very recognizable. There are important symbols
in this play that signifies Mrs. Wright and her existence as it once was and as it
currently exists to be. Particularly the canary, this symbolizes Mrs. Wright's long
forgotten past. Additionally, the birdcage, this symbolizes her life as it currently
exists. Certainly the quilt is a symbol, which is an important clue on how Mr. Wright was
killed. In addition, the rocking chair, this symbolizes her life as it has diminished
throughout the duration of her most recently survived years. Lastly, but not least, the
containers of cherry preserves that seem to be a symbol of the warmth and compassion that
she has yet to discover in her life. Every one of these symbolizes and characterizes Mrs.
Wright's character and her existence in the play.

The canary and the birdcage are symbolic to Mrs. Wright's life in the way that the bird
represents her, and the cage represents her life and the way she was made to live. Mrs.
Hale compares the canary that she and Mrs. Peters discover to Mrs. Wright, when Mrs. Hale
refers to Mrs. Wright as "kind of like a bird herself—real sweet and pretty, but kind of
timid and—fluttery." Minnie Foster was a distinctly different woman than Minnie Foster
Wright, which was, evidently before she and John were married. She dressed appealingly in
eye-catching clothing, and was one of the town girls that sang in the choir. While the
canary was incredibly lively and sang beautifully, so did Mrs. Foster. John Wright was
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