The Bird as an Image
of the bird plays a major role in Susan Glaspell’s play, Trifles. The
bird represents family and companionship for Mrs. Wright. It also represents
Minnie Foster before she became Minnie Wright. The death of the bird symbolizes
the death of Mr. Wright. Throughout my paper, I will explain how the bird plays
the many roles in the play.
Mrs. Wright never had any children. The image of the bird represents the children
they didn’t have for Mrs. Wright. It also represents companionship for
Mrs. Wright because Mr. Wright showed her no attention.
Not having children makes less work---but it makes a quiet house, and Wright out to
work all day, and no company when he did come in (557).
The bird kept her company when she was home, which was almost always. She
had no friends because no one wanted to be around Mr. Wright.
It never seemed a very cheerful place… But I don’t think a place’d be
any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it (553). But he was a hard
man, Mrs. Peters. Just to pass the time of day with him--. Like a raw wind that
gets to the bone (557).
Without the bird, Mrs. Wright would have no companionship.
Wright married Mr. Wright her whole lifestyle changed. He basically took away everything she had. The image of the bird also represents who Mrs. Wright was before she married Mr. Wright. Before she was Minnie Wright, she was Minnie Foster. Minnie
Foster was totally different from Minnie Wright.
She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively, when she was Minnie Foster, one
of the town girls singing in the choir. But that—oh, that was thirty years ago (554).
The bird reminds Mrs. Hale of Minnie Foster.
She—come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself—real sweet
and pretty, but kind of timid and—fluttery. How—she—did change
suggests Mrs. Wright killed Mr. Wright. It also suggests Mr. Wright killed the bird.
No, Wright wouldn’t like the bird—a thing that sing. She used to sing. He killed that, too.
The death of the bird symbolizes the death of Mr. Wright. They both
died the same way. The bird was found in a box with its neck wrung. Mr. Wright was found strangled with a rope around his neck. Throughout
the play, evidence suggest that Mrs. Wright killed Mr. Wright the same way Mr. Wright killed her bird.
is one of the main objects in the play. The image of the bird leads to many different conclusions about who killed Mr. Wright. Although most of the evidence points to Mrs. Wright, I don’t think she will
be convicted for his murder. The only evidence they might have against her is
the bird and they don’t even have that. Without the bird there is basically
no case. Without the bird there may not have been a murder. It’s sad that a bird had to symbolize family and companionship for a woman who couldn’t get
it from her husband. Who knew a bird could mean so much to someone?