The lack of awareness in Glaspell’s Trifles affects the characters’ relationships in multiple ways. The play is set in a small town where all of the characters are aware of each other but seem to be unaware of their own emotions and thoughts. This creates tension between them as they struggle to understand themselves and each other. Additionally, because they do not understand their own feelings or those of others, they are unable to recognize when things need to be said or resolved.
Discuss how this lack of awareness affects the relationships of the characters in Glaspell’sTrifles.
The first example of this lack of awareness can be seen between Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, who have known each other for years but who clearly do not really know one another deeply. As the play progresses, it becomes clear that there are deep issues that neither woman has ever addressed—issues such as Mr. Hale’s illness earlier in his life and her marriage with John Wright—yet due to the lack of communication between them, these matters remain unresolved and unacknowledged throughout the entire play.
This same theme can also be seen in regards to Mr Henderson’s relationship with Mrs Wright; he only knows her at a surface level yet still believes she is capable of a heinous act like murder simply because she doesn’t fit into what society expects from a woman at that time. He refuses to acknowledge that there may have been something wrong in her marriage which could have led her down this path, thus reinforcing his lack of awareness about how his opinion on women plays into his judgemental attitude towards her situation without any consideration for why this might have happened (which the audience later finds out was likely due to Minnie’s husband abusing her).
In addition, it seems as though none of the characters truly understand Minnie Wright either; despite being familiar with one another for years no one has taken time out to get closer or even try understanding why she would do something so drastic as murder her abusive husband despite knowing full well what will happen if caught by law enforcement officers (i..e execution). Ultimately then this lack of awareness leads them all down a path where secrets are kept from one another leading up until justice is served–which ironically turns out being more merciful than what anyone had expected given its outcome: Mina walks free after everyone realizes just how much suffering she must’ve gone through before taking such an extreme action against him.}
Ultimately then it should come as no surprise that Glaspell uses this element within Trifles to highlight both how important knowledge and understanding can be among people – however little we think we know someone else – while simultaneously illustrating how easily misunderstandings can arise when such information isn’t shared openly early on leading up until tragedy strikes them all suddenly without anyone’s prior assumptions having been correct whatsoever except for maybe Mina’s intuition upon seeing just what kind person John Wright was from the start (which unfortunately cannot help absolve herself from responsibility either way). In summary then it appears quite clear here why creating any sort dialogue about our innermost thoughts/feelings whenever possible is necessary lest misunderstandings arise down-the-line compounded by some outside source making matters worse instead better overall!