The obvious culprit is his wife, because of her easy access to her husband. Wright moved to a different chair and stared at the floor. Both Glaspell and her husband, as well as other drama icons such as , created plays that experimented with both realism and satire. Hale sees the injustice of this likely having experienced it herself , and so she defends Minnie against Mr. The women are getting ready to take the quilt with them and look for scissors and find a box. The men go upstairs to inspect the bedroom and Mrs.
Peters says that the only thing Mr. He is the neighbor of the Wrights. Henderson is missing is a motive. Maybe because we were just told about some of them and never actually met them? They were amazed and started to speculate that Mrs. The sheriff, his wife, the county attorney, and the neighbors, Mr. Wright and tells her that he'd come to talk to her husband about getting a party telephone.
It seems to the women that Minnie must have been nervous or upset. Peters asks if he wants to look over what Mrs. It was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 8, 1916. Hale replies that it was probably that dude they sent to start the fire that got the towel so dirty. While the men are investigating upstairs, Mrs. The way that John was murdered—strangled by a rope—becomes critical later in the play as the characters search for a motive for murder.
There is unfinished business everywhere you look. Even though women were moving toward change, some women fought against moving forward, worried about what the future would bring. Summary: Note: Because the play is not officially split into scenes, artificial divisions have been created at convenient points for the purposes of analysis. The women's concerns are summarily dismissed by the men, however, using their i This one-act play was written in 1916 and is believed to be based on an actual Iowa murder case that Glaspell investigated as a young reporter. George Cram Cook had originally played this role. Their entrance into the farmhouse and Hale's account of his discovery of the murder serves as the exposition of the story, where the murder is the inciting force of the plot.
Despite the sense of male dominance that exists throughout the majority of this part of the play, the women seem to resist the status quo imposed by the men. The men within this play betray a sense of self-importance. Peters bond, but they also choose to hide evidence as an act of compassion for Mrs. Hale into finding the dead body of Mr. Theatre Works has a performance of the play, which takes less than 30 minutes, and it's available on for -- pardon the pun -- a trifle. Hale feels guilty for not visiting more often. Peters have slightly differing perspectives on the way the men treatment them.
Over the course of sixteen months, Glaspell wrote twenty-six articles covering the case, from the announcement of the murder until Hossack's conviction. On the other hand, the women would consider the emotional and personal aspects of the murder case into account. His testimony will not be questioned. Once this discovery was made, Margaret Hossack was taken into custody. Considered an early illustration of feminist drama, the themes of the play focus on men and women and their psychological states along with their social roles. The cat in this metaphor is Mr.
The men warm themselves up by the stove, but the women hover fearfully by the door, and Mrs. It was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, Massachusetts on August 8, 1916. She eventually stated in a dull voice that her husband was upstairs, dead. Hale sent for the coroner to question her and Mr. In the midst of a murder investigation at a rural farmhouse, the men - seeking the facts, trying to determine the motive - march upstairs to scrutinize the crime scene.
Men are usually seen to be the superior sex, and also the leaders of significant matters. Wright is suspected of having killed her husband and is being held in the county jail, but there isn't any proof -- or shall we say, not any that a man would notice. Peters reassures the attorney that nothing has been moved in the house since he saw it last, despite having sent one of his men ahead to prepare a fire. John Hossack's wife, who had claimed that the murderer had slain her husband with an ax, was the main accused in the murder case. The play tries to break the then stereotypical considerations about female gender. The main idea in the text is that women are clever and help one another, but men can't see that and think women only pay attention to silly things. Instead of joining the men at the stove, they remain at the door and implicitly declare themselves as spectators rather than actors.
Wright calmly replies that John was upstairs dead. While its death signifies the diminished spirit of Mrs. There was not much happening but at the same time it was full of symbols. Her clothes were more colorful, and she loved to sing. Seeking to have their voices hear, women fought for their right to vote and proclaim their opinions. Hale tensely observes that Mrs.