Monkey: A Folk Novel of China

about the play "Trifles"

the bird cage and canary provide a central symbol to the play but how is the symbol introduced and developed through the play, what is the relation to the play's title, and how does it help to establish Mrs. Wright's motivation?

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The symbols of the canary and the cage represent Mrs. Wright's marriage, in which, she is a young woman trapped in a marriage. Her marriage (and home) are the cage; the canary's death represents her own feelings of strangulation and slow death.