Hales reminisces on the girl Minnie used to be and how much changed in twenty years. Minnie is a very dynamic character whose dreams were represented by her pet canary and ultimately choked by the hands of her husband. He is called to the scene of the murder as a witness; as the man who discovered the crime he is very important. The men go upstairs to find a motive to convict Mrs…. Hale; Antagonist - The men, Mr. Other significant symbols in the story are the bird and the birdcage.
His wife is concerned with him and his ability to tell the story correctly, yet he does a decent enough job. Sheriff Henry Peters: A man of the law. I think this shows the ignorance of the men. Their husbands define these women. Everyone refers to them as Mrs. While the sheriff and other men are looking in the room upstairs for some evidence of a crime, Mrs.
The omniscient narrator focuses on the woman, mainly Mrs. The law has got to punish crime, Mrs. The setting is a place called Dickson County, though no state is specified. The dead bird at the end of the story, that Mrs. In the latter case, there is no single point of failure in the system. This story takes place during a time when women were made to feel inferior to men.
This realization of understanding of the female characters feelings and viewpoints in this story allows them to realize the female plight. Then, through the narration, Mr. The canary is also a figure for Mr. Symbol: Bird The dead canary is a symbol indicating that Minnie Foster is dead while Minnie Wright is still alive. Another major symbol, which the educated lawmen considered a «trifle», is the quilt which Mrs. The men hear that Mrs.
Another symbol is the quilt that Mrs. . Hale identifies these two wives, Mrs. Without their husbands, they would be nothing and because they are married, they feel privileged to be referred as to Mrs. The peer protocol was just a common way to achieve this. Hale, a farmer's wife, and immediately we see the high importance she places in keeping an organized household.
Because these clues are in the kitchen they are invisible to the men. But the twist is when Mrs. Glaspell illustrates how this highly stereotypical role can create oppression for women and also bring harm to men as well. Modern women's movement began, yet her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of symbolism, the role that women are expected to play in society. Another important symbol in the story is the bird and the birdcage.
The play presents factors that obtain more meaning than meets the eye. If you were a peasant, your jury would be full of peasants. He is a prosecutor looking to prosecute Minnie Foster for the crime of murdering her husband. Hale was pleased by what was happening or were going to happen. This is very ironic because while the men are looking for clues, the women discover the key to the mystery among what the men consider as only silly women's work, or trifles.
Wright was not interested in improving their situation. This is demonstrated in the text when Mr. Hale characterizes Lewis as slightly dimwitted. Peter is married to Mr. Some of the most obvious symbols are: the broken birdcage, the kitchen, the rocking chair, the bird, and the meaning of knotting.
Items such as the canary who lives in a cage, the. The bird is caged just as Minnie is trapped in the abusive relationship with John. Peters is faced with an internal struggle. Hales is rushed to leave with her husband and is forced to leave her house half- done. As they begin their investigation through the Wright home; things appear to be much more obvious than previously motioned, but the unfolding of their blossoming friendship could end up putting Mrs. The story focuses much on the characters John and Minnie Wright. The women in the story are not given first names, and are referred to only as Mrs.