After reading Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles
The characters that must be analyzed are: Mrs. Peters, the Sheriff, and Mr. Hale
1. Title Implications: Explain what the word “trifles” means. Do you think it is a fitting title?
2. Symbolic Setting.
Where is the murder site/ farmhouse located?
B. Inside the house:
List two things that let the audience “feel” how literally cold it is:
3. List three significant details that are evidence of a poorly kept kitchen:
4. Thumbnail Sketch: Make a comment about each of the characters (one sentence)
A. Attorney Henderson_________________________________________________
B. Sheriff Peters ______________________________________________________
C. Mr. Hale __________________________________________________________
D. Mrs. Peters ________________________________________________________
E. Mrs. Hale _________________________________________________________
5. List two “put down” comments the men make against women:
6. Why does Mrs. Hale get upset with the men talking about Mrs.Wright?
7. Why do you think the women hide the dead bird?