From: Shirah Pope - JSRCCDate: 2/3/99Time: 2:02:09 PM
From: Shirah Pope - JSRCCDate: 2/4/99Time: 1:18:33 PM
[In addition, the bird's method of dying determined John's. Heapparently wrung the canary's neck with the efficient skill of someone who hadwrung the necks of a few chickens for dinner in his day. Had Minnie simplysnapped, she could have shot John with the gun on the premises. --Ed. Seealso the comment from California right below about this issue.]
From: Madeleine Eaton, USC-RedlandsDate: 3/6/99Time: 6:30:58 PM
Shirah, you made some wonderful points in this post, some of which I hadcompletely overlooked. We disagree, however, about John's motive for killing thebird. Of course the unwanted noise was probably a factor, but I think the mainreason he killed the bird was because it was the one thing that prevented Minniefrom being only a possession of her husband's and having no life of her own.
From: Mike Cox JSRCCDate: 1/31/00Time: 11:46:31 PM
I disagree with the belief that women in early America were basically cagedin by their husbands. While I roll my eyes at the feminism perpetuatedthroughout this play, it is an interesting work, and I do believe Mr. Wright didneglect [and control mercilessly] his wife based on the story. I refuse to paintthis as how America was though a century ago. Many husbands did care fortheir wives and didn't cage them in. It is time revisionist history ended [witha more balanced view].
From: Shana BumpasDate: 3/16/00Time: 3:14:29 PM
Murdered Bird: As I read "Trifles" there wasn't a doubt inmy mind that . Wright was the one who killed the bird. It nevercrossed my mind that . Wright could have done it. Looking at it fromothers' perspective gives new insight.
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Minnie's Suppressed Emotions: It could have been in those days thatthe wife knew her duties & the man, at any cost, was in charge. Instead ofcommunicating the feelings that were going on, Mrs. Wright suppressed them andhad to let out her anger - by killing the bird. This was something she couldhave control over. In the end, for her own sanity she killed her husband to freeher from what he had made her become.