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Rising Action: (The complications that occur in relation to the protagonist) The play unveils observations on the life of Mr. and Mrs. Wright's homelife, and the two women uncover Mrs. Wrights motive, that she could no longer tolerate him once he killed her precious bird.Climax: (When the action meets a turning point and reaches a final crisis) Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are faced with a moral decision to reveal the motive of Mrs. Wright.Falling action: (The conclusion to the plot's conflicts become resloved) The audience assumes that the county attorney will have difficulty convicting Mrs. Wright of her husbands murder because they could not find the motive.

George Henderson, the county attorney, who is the antagonistHenry Peters, the sheriffLewis Hale, a neighbor who discoverd the body of Mr. WrightMrs. Peters, the wife of the sheriff, who is there to collect some things for Mrs. WrightMrs. Hale, the protagonist, who is wife to Lewis Hale and is there to help Mrs. Peters

Trifles is a suspense story about a murder committed in a Midwestern farmhouse. The play develops as the audience discovers the life of Mrs. Wright, the wife of the murder victim and the prime suspect. The action is shaped by the plot, which is the arrangement of events focusing on how and why things happen. Trifles also contains a subplot, that is a secondary action that is explored in addition to the plot.

The setting was inspired by Glaspell's life in the midwest, taking components from her upbringing in Davenport, Iowa. The setting is explained at the beginning of the play. The atmospher is gloomy and the scene opens in a disordered kitchen. The "signs of incompleted work" creates tension when the characters arive on scene, suggesting something is wrong.

Susan Glaspell wrote the play Trifles in 1916.


Featuring The Elements of Drama

Trifles is a one-act play, where the play takes place in a single location. The actions are continuous, compared to a play with multiple acts and scene changes.



One-Act Play


Pyramidal Pattern

Now that you understand the elements of drama, in relation to the play Trifles, watch one interpretation.

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