Day 4

Trifles Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think Susan Glaspell chose to re-write Trifles as a short story?

    It may be that Glaspell felt the play left too much up to interpretation. Telling this story, inspired by a real-life murder case that Glaspell was involved with, clearly meant a lot to her. It is also possible that she wanted to reach a wider audience, and felt that a short story would be a more effective vehicle for her message.

  2. 2

    What new information do you learn in the story, if any?

    In general, the story is more detail-rich. The state of Mrs. Wright's house is rendered with greater description. More information is given about the night Mr. Wright was murdered, and the male...

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