Similarities Between Grierson And Trifles

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A Rose for Emily is a tragic short story written by William Faulkner. The main character, Emily Grierson, is the most gossiped about woman in the town of Jefferson. Her situation is very similar to Mrs. Wright’s situation in the play Trifles, written by Susan Giaspell. Both women in the story and the play are portrayed as; mentally ill and have slowly went through an emotional break-down. Both protagonists are outcasts from their community and are rarely seen out around town. Both stories have a woman as the main character; and both stories end with them ‘’committing’’ murder. In Miss Emily’s case it was her long time love and known flirt Homer Barron; while in Trifles Mrs. Wright murders her husband, Mr. Wright. In my essay I will write about…show more content…
and Mrs. Wright live in a society that is cut off from the outside world; similarly Miss Emily Grierson is isolated from the town of Jefferson. According to what is written in Trifles Mr. and Mrs. Wright where isolated from the town; their house was situated in a hollow; therefore, not much of it could be seen from outside the hollow. The Wright’s house was described as creepy and an unhappy place by the towns people. As said in Trifles by Mrs. Hale; ‘’ it never seemed a very cheerful place’’ … ‘’I wish if they re going to find any evidence they’d be about it. I don’t like this place.’’ (Giaspell 744). This is clear evidence that the house had a weird vibe. Miss Emily was also isolated from the town she lived in. ‘’ set on what once had been our most selected street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left’’ (Faulkner 865). This immediately hints to the reader that the characters are outcasts and considered weird by the people of their…show more content…
Wright died is that he committed suicide. And that he himself had a mental illness that caused him to kill himself. As I said before Mr. Wright was know to be very ill tempered; and was a difficult person to live with. This supported by ‘’I don’t think a place’d be any cheerfuller for John Wright’s being in it.’’ (Giaspell 744). John Wright may have possibly had mania mental illness, a mood characterized by excessive elation, hyperactivity, agitation and accelerated thinking. This is well supported by the previous mental analysis done on Mr. Wright according to the Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology ‘’Most episodes of mania—elation without reasonable cause or justification—are followed in short order by depression; together they represent the opposites described as bipolar disorder… Expressions of hostility and irritability also are common during manic episodes’’. I propose that Mr. Wright killed the canary by breaking its neck therefore compelling evidence that he possessed mania. Therefore Mr. Wright thought that taking something dear to his wife was a way of controlling her; keeping her the way he wanted. Compelling evidence that it couldn’t have possibly been Mrs. Wright who mutilated the bird; ‘’the cage is severely damaged,’’ (Giaspell 749). Mrs. Wright is not described as someone with a lot of strength; but was described as being like a bird. The reader can envision her as someone petite or slight. She is described as being sweet, pretty, timid and
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