IN Mrs. Peters who we couldn’t have predicted


IN
THE PLAY ” TRIFLES” WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY 
SUSAN GLASPELL MRS PETER IS SEEN AS CHANGING HER MIND

INTRODUCTION

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Mrs. Peters who happens to be a sheriff’s wife is
also Mrs. Hale’s partner in crime which happens to be an odd role for a sheriff’s
wife. When we are first introduced to her in ‘trifles’ you can never guess that
she will be a rebel later on as she is described as ‘a slight wiry woman,
(with) a thin nervous face.’

Mrs. Peters is the wife of the local sheriff. She is
torn between her loyalty to her husband’s position which is the law and her
growing understanding and sympathy for Mrs. Wright. We have been introduced to
her in the play as a submissive wife who respects what the husband does for a
living “…of course it’s no more than their duty…”  however, Mrs. Peters is able to show her
natural kindness when she notices Mrs. Wrights preserved fruit jars having
cracked. She then has to listen to what MRS Hales say about Mrs. Wright’s
emotional isolation from others.  She gets
to understand the feeling of her loneliness and depression. Depression is a
state of mind producing a serious, long term lowering of enjoyment of life or
inability to visualize a happy future. Mrs. Peters begin to cognitively wonder
about the circumstances surrounding the death of John Wright.  These thoughts are able to sway her stance on
all this matter and the crack starts to appear on her obeying the law. She puts
herself in the shoes of Mrs. Wrights and immediately gets to change her stance
on the side she was rooting for all along in the play. She goes a step further
and interferes with the evidence

Mrs. Peters understands loneliness and the world of
the female domestic that is why when she was told the story of Mrs. Wright, she
had to go against her thoughts and what she used to stand up for all along
since the beginning of the play and we get to see a different Mrs. Peters who
we couldn’t have predicted or even thought of at the beginning of the play. It
is this quality in ‘Trifles” that makes me to state that she is the character
who has undergone a long journey in the book and can’t be compared to anyone
else.

It is usually said that women are their worst
enemies but in this play we get to see a different dimension. The women come to
different conclusion as to what happened, and they tend to come together to
talk to each other however Mrs. Peters is able to remember that MRS Wright has
no such advantages in life.

 The words of the
county Attorney are able to effect a change of heart in Mrs. Peters. This is
well illustrated by when the county attorney tells her that as a wife to the sheriff
she is also married to the law, this is being unfair to her as it is her husband
who is employed in the town as a sheriff and not her. The attorney tend to use
this statement in the hope that he will be able to sway Mrs. Peters but at this
point we are able to see a different  Mrs.
Peters who refutes the claim by replying to the sheriff that she had not
thought of her life that way.

CONCLUSION

Mrs. Peters as a character in ‘TRIFLES’ embarks on
the biggest voyage in all the characters who are involved in the play. As the
play starts we are introduced to a submissive wife who is obedient to the law
but her thinking, decision making and respect for the law are overpowered by
her feelings for empathy.

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