Trifles

Minnie Wright Character Analysis

The wife of the murdered John Wright, and his killer. Mrs. Hale remembers Minnie for her youthful innocence and happiness before she was married (when she was Minnie Foster). Back then, she sang joyfully in the local choir. But in marriage Minnie became timid, sad, and isolated. (It is interested that even Minnie’s name connects her to a sense of smallness and powerlessness: “mini”.) Minnie killed her husband by strangling him in retribution for his final cruelness of killing her pet bird, the only being that provided happiness and company for her in the loneliness of her home and the patriarchal society that isolated her (and all women).

Minnie Wright Quotes in Trifles

The Trifles quotes below are all either spoken by Minnie Wright or refer to Minnie Wright. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Baker's Plays edition of Trifles published in 1951.
Trifles Quotes

“Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.”

Related Characters: Lewis Hale (speaker), Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Hale, Minnie Wright
Related Symbols: Trifles, Canning Jars of Fruit
Page Number: 9
Explanation and Analysis:

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“They say it was such a—funny way to kill a man, rigging it all up like that.”
“That’s just what Mr. Hale said. There was a gun in the house. He says that’s what he can’t understand.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Peters (speaker), Mrs. Hale (speaker), Lewis Hale, John Wright, Minnie Wright
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:

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“Mr. Henderson said coming out that what was needed for the case was a motive; something to show anger, or—sudden feeling.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Peters (speaker), George Henderson, John Wright, Minnie Wright
Page Number: 13
Explanation and Analysis:

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“Oh, I wish I’d come over here once in a while! That was a crime! That was a crime! Who’s going to punish that?”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hale (speaker), Minnie Wright
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

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“We all go through the same things—it’s all just a different kind of the same thing.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Hale (speaker), Mrs. Peters, Minnie Wright
Page Number: 20
Explanation and Analysis:

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“Well, Henry, at least we found out that she was not going to quilt it. She was going to—what is it you call it, ladies?”
“We call it—knot it, Mr. Henderson.”

Related Characters: George Henderson (speaker), Mrs. Hale (speaker), Minnie Wright
Related Symbols: The Quilt
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:

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Minnie Wright Character Timeline in Trifles

The timeline below shows where the character Minnie Wright appears in Trifles. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
The play opens on the scene of John and Minnie Wright’s abandoned farmhouse. The kitchen is in disarray with unwashed dishes, a loaf of uncooked... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Mr. Hale tells the story of arriving at the Wrights’ home the previous day. He had been hoping to convince John Wright to invest in... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
...cautioned him to not touch anything and to preserve any evidence. Before leaving, he questioned Minnie Wright about who killed her husband. She said that despite having been sleeping in the... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
...unimportant, as being only kitchen things. The county attorney discovers that the mess comes from Minnie’s canning jars of fruit, which have exploded. Mrs. Peters says that she knew Minnie was... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...looking over the mess in the kitchen and noticing in particular the dirty towel, says Minnie seems to be a poor housekeeper. Mrs. Hale stiffly points out that there’s a lot... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...Peters asks George Henderson if his wife can collect a few items to bring to Minnie Wright in jail and the attorney says yes, but that he’d like to see what... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
The women collect some clothes for Minnie. Mrs. Hale recognizes in the clothing that Minnie had very little money for herself and... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Abruptly, Mrs. Hale asks Mrs. Peters if she thinks that Minnie killed her husband. Mrs. Hale says she doesn’t think that she did. Mrs. Peters whispers... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
The women discover a quilt that Minnie Wright was in the process of making. The men reenter and, overhearing Mrs. Peters and... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Mrs. Hale expresses her frustration with herself for not visiting Minnie more often in her lonely home. She says she stayed away because she didn’t like... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
...not grow up in the neighborhood and so Mrs. Hale starts to tell her about Minnie as a girl (back when she was Minnie Foster). She says that Minnie Foster was... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
...got to punish crime.” Mrs. Hale cries out in response that her failure to visit Minnie and her lack of support for the isolated girl was a crime, and “who’s going... (full context)
Social Oppression of Women Theme Icon
The Blindness of Men Theme Icon
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
...Mr. Peters asks if he wants to look over what Mrs. Peters is taking to Minnie in jail, but the attorney says that she’s trustworthy because, after all, “a sheriff’s wife... (full context)
Gender Allegiance vs. Legal Duty Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
...in her pocket. The attorney returns and jokingly acknowledges that at least they found out Minnie wasn’t going to finish her quilt by quilting it. He appeals to the ladies for... (full context)