The bird cage and canary provide a central symbol to gaspell's play. How is the symbol introduced and developed through the play , and how does it help to establish Mrs.Wrights motivation ? does gender play a role in the conflict or Mrs.wrights motivation ?
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The birdcage in the play is the symbol of Minnie’s lack of freedom. By using this symbol, the author compares Minnie with a bird trapped in a “cage” that was her marriage. The bird was Mrs. Wright's only companion. Mr. Wright killed the bird. The killing represents the suffocation of life and by extension, the suffocation of Minnie Wright herself.