Thursday, March 7, 2019
Trifles: An Investigation of The Murder of John Wright
The short story Trifles written by Susan Glaspell is a story regarding the investigating of the murder of John Wright by his wife, Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale is the wife of Mr. Hale, one of the men investigating the murder, and the neighbor of the Wrights. While the men investigate around the farmhouse tonusing at for clues to prove Mrs. Wright was guilty, Mrs. Hale is downstairs with Mrs. Peters disc all overing their own present in the mishaps of Mrs. Wrights modify and sewing. Mrs. Hale begins to reminisce on how cheerful and full of life story Mrs.Wright was former to her marriage. She regrets non visiting with Mrs. Wright throughout the years especi every(prenominal)y since they were neighbors. Upon finding the unfinished quilt and the empty bird cage, they discover a exanimate canary with a strangled discern, the same mien Mr. Wrights neck was strangled. She begins to see the reasoning for Mrs. Wright murdering her husband. She concludes that Mrs. Wright was unhappy wi th her marriage and possibly neglected. She decides to keep this information between her and Mrs. Peters instead of informing the men of their findings. Why would Mrs.Hales mixed bag in view of Mrs. Wright make her justify the reasoning behind why she murdered her husband? Maslows pecking order of Needs is a theory true by Abraham Maslow to understand human motivation to fulfill our peak potential. It is set forth as a model which is divided into our basic expects (physiology, safety, screw and esteem) and our growth needs (cognitive, aesthetic, and self-actualization. ) (McLeod, 2007) Saul McLeod believes that one must satisfy frown aim basic needs before progressing to meet higher level growth needs. (McLeod, 2007) Mrs.Hales regresses from the cognitive need down to the approve and be need as she begins to see Mrs. Wright as the friend whom she used to have and because of this she believes she was in an unhappy and neglected marriage, which has driven her to murder her h usband. After entering the Wright house, which is directly a offensive scene for the murder of Mr. Wright, Mrs. Hale is left totally downstairs with Mrs. Peters while the men go upstairs to find evidence to prove that Mrs. Wright murdered her husband. Upon engaging in conversation Mrs. Hales cognitive need becomes apparent when they inspect the knitting on Mrs.Wrights quilt. Mrs. Hales states Mrs. Peters, look at this one. Here, this is the one she was working on, and look at the sewing alone the rest of it has been so nice and up to now. And look at this Its all over the place Why, it looks as if she didnt know what she was about. (Glaspell, 666). Mrs. Hale suspects that something could have caused the heedlessness of her stitching, She asks Mrs. Peters What do you supposed she was so nervous about? (Glaspell, 666) She seemed intrigued, insinuating there may have been a reason which drove her to murder her husband. Mrs.Hale is staggering on the cognitive level which is prev enting her from progressing on to the next level of aesthetic because she is not concerned with her own needs to express herself in a amiable way, But to express Mrs. Wright in a more pleasing way and not as some horrific murderer. Mrs. Hale goes on to apologize to Mrs. Peters I wish youd seen Minnie Foster when she wore a white preen with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang. (Glaspell, 670) She wants Mrs. Peters to view Mrs. Wright in the positive way that she was prior to her failed marriage.This actually shows her regression down to the love and belonging level. Towards the end of the play she realizes that she has been so busy in her life that she had neglected her friend in a time of need. She regrets not visiting her, stating that I wish Id come over here once in a while That was a crime That was a crime Whos going to punish that? (Glaspell, 670) She feels guilty for not realizing that Mrs. Wright needed booster. She tells Mrs. Peters I might have known she needed help I know how things can be-for women. I tell you, its queer, Mrs.Peters. We sound so close together and we live far apart. (Glaspell, 670) Mrs. Hale wishes she had been a better friend to Mrs. Wright and by doing that feels that could have helped prevent the murder from even happening. Maslows Law is a good theory to represent the understanding of Mrs. Hale, it signifies the immensity of better understanding why she acted as she did. We use Maslows Law of Hierarchy Needs to better understand what motivates us to reach our full potential. fit in to McLeod, progress is often disrupted by failure to meet bring down level needs. (McLeod, 2007) Because Mrs. Hale had begun to care for her old friend, after trying to realise out what caused her to become a murder, She had regressed back down to the love and belonging level, Thus preventing her from progressing to the aesthetic level. WORKS CITED McLeod, S. A. (2007). Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. Glaspell, Susan. Trifles. Backpack Literature An ingress to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing Fourth Edition. Ed. X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Pearson Education, Inc. , 2012. 659-671. Print.