Day 1

Trifles Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    When Mr. Hale says that women “are used to worrying over trifles," how do Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale react?

    As detailed in a stage direction, they move closer together. This indicates that they are seeking something from each other: perhaps protection from the judgement of the men, perhaps sympathy from someone in the same situation. This is the first indication of one of the major themes of the play: that the shared hardships of women give them a kind of unity and understanding, right under the noses of the men who oppress them.

  2. 2

    Discuss Mrs. Hale’s line, “Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be.”

    In the context of the scene, Mrs. Hale is...

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