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Comparison of Setting in Hamlet and Trifles


William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet composed in 1600 has to do with the lead character Hamlet, prince of Denmark who is grieving after the loss of his father, King Hamlet. The ghost of his daddy visits young Hamlet and orders him to seek vengeance on his uncle Claudius, the guy who seized his throne and wed his widowed better half. Trifles, a play by Susan Glaspell written in 1916, is a play about the search for proof of the murder of Mr.

Wright. The whole play happens in the Wright’s cooking area in which two ladies, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover that the murderer was none besides his better half Minnie Wright. Both of these plays include comparable themes such as sorrow, memory of loved ones, death and murder.

This paper will argue that how the setting of the graveyard in Hamlet and the setting of the cooking area in Trifles add to the characters and themes in each play. Particularly, it will take a look at examples from Hamlet and Trifles and show how memory and grief refer to both Hamlet and Mrs. Wright with contribution from each of the settings. Although Mrs. Wright may be the protagonist of the play, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are practically as considerable. All three ladies had dominating partners who anticipated their ladies to perform house chores, look after the farm and raise their children; what was anticipated of a female in that age. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters accepted their functions as women, and carried out their responsibilities as expected.

Mrs. Wright on the other hand was unhappy in her house and with her life, and from Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters comments about her dreariness we discover that it is more likely she killed her spouse. For instance, Mrs. Hale talks about how she was 30 years ago, “She used to wear pretty clothes and be vibrant, when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir” (791 ). Nevertheless, once she became Minnie Wright and was anticipated to be a wife, keep her house tidy and do tasks, she did not enjoy it and hence did not make an effort in it. This is all apparent in the state her kitchen remains in, as at that time a lady’s primary pride was in the way she kept her cooking area. From the setting of the kitchen area, we notice how grief is considerably present in the surroundings, which trigger memories from Mrs. Wright’s past to be brought up. Due to the truth that the entire play occurs in this specific setting reveals that although Mrs. Wright is not present, she is still the protagonist. The cooking area is cold, filthy, and very still which reveals that a death has just taken place in this home. It contributes to the tense environment of the play. Proof to support the reality that she murdered her other half is discovered by the two ladies, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters in this very kitchen. This reveals that Mrs. Wright spent the majority of her time in the kitchen area, as she was expected to as a housewife, and obviously did not enjoy it.

Similarly, from the play we discover that the kitchen was unclean, untidy and not taken care of. For example, the county attorney points this out by exclaiming “Dirty towels! Very little of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies?” (790 ). As the play goes on the females then find Mrs. Wright’s newest disheveled knitting. Both these examples from the setting of the kitchen reveal us that Mrs. Wright remained in a worried frame of mind, and significantly distracted in the days leading up to the murder of her spouse.

Lastly, the most prominent occasion in the play is the discovery of the dead bird amongst her sewing things, which is the main proof that Mrs. Wright did murder her spouse. Upon finding this evidence nevertheless, both the ladies choose to keep it to themselves, in order to secure among their own. The narration of the memory of Minnie Foster develops a sense of sorrow for the females towards Mrs. Wright and what she was going through. It is awful due to the fact that Mrs. Wright changed from a pleased, choir singing, jolly independent lady, to a peaceful homemaker who knits and keeps to herself the majority of the time.

For example, Mrs. Hale compares her to a bird to describe her character thirty years back when she states “- concerned think about it, she was sort of like a bird herself– real sweet and quite, however type of shy and– fluttery. How– she– did– modification” (795 ). All this talk of who Mrs. Wright utilized to before she got married reveals the audience what sort of woman she utilized to be, to what she had actually become. They also talk about how Mr. Wright was a difficult man, and the thought of investing the day with him was scary. These memories of the Wright couple as people result in the women grieving for Mrs. Wright. This is a possible reason why they kept the evidence a trick from the constable and county attorney. They understand Mrs. Wright’s frame of mind, and what she was going through and thus wanted to safeguard her as she had sufficient guts to act on her misery. Although there has actually been a death, their grieving is for a different factor: one that just a lady can understand. Similarly, the setting of the graveyard in Hamlet represents the idea of death, grief, and grief. It is a cold place, dark at night and really quiet and one is surrounded by death.

It is a popular setting in Hamlet as it is the place in which Hamlet discovers through the ghost that it was his uncle who killed his dad. In addition it is where he discovers that his one true love Ophelia has committed suicide. He has actually discovered that he has lost two of the most loved people in his life. For instance, in Act 1 Scene 5 the ghost says, “The serpent that did sting thy daddy’s life, Now uses his crown” (968 ). Likewise, when Hamlet finds that it is Ophelia who has passed away, he steps forward and admits just how much he had actually enjoyed her “I lov ‘d Ophelia. Forty thousand bros Could not with all their quantity love make up my amount” (1043 ). All this contributes to Hamlet’s distressed, self-destructive character. He suffered significantly after the loss of essential individuals in his life and became depressed due to this. Shakespeare’s plays main themes are vengeance, grief, depression and death. The setting of the graveyard integrates all these themes, more particularly memory and sorrow, for this reason the reason it is a substantial setting. As discussed previously, throughout the play Hamlet is grieving for numerous factors.

From the start of the play, it was for the loss of his father, and after that in his first soliloquy he talks of how quick time is moving and how his mom has actually wedded so fast. As the play progresses, Hamlet learns from the ghost that his really own uncle killed his dad, and that the love of his life, Ophelia has actually devoted suicide. Due to the reality that unfortunate events are recurring so close together, Hamlet’s frame of mind is evident through his words, that he is self-destructive. For instance, in his first soliloquy in Act one scene 2, he reveals “O that this too sallied flesh would melt, Thaw, and solve itself in a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix ‘d His canon ‘gainst [self-] slaughter!” (956 ). In this line, he wishes for his flesh to melt and that God had not made suicide a sin. His thoughts recur in his “To be or not to be” soliloquy. Hamlet finds the skull of the Yorick, the old court jester from Hamlet’s youth. Upon discovery of this skull, he is advised of a fond memory from his childhood that is from so long back, that he has actually forgotten how it feels. Nevertheless, the discovery of this skull likewise makes Hamlet understand that no matter who you are, we will all die one day and return to dust.

This memory makes Hamlet realize that he requires to come to terms with losses in his life, and retaliate for his dad’s death. We have seen throughout this paper how the setting of the graveyard in Hamlet and the setting of the kitchen in Trifles have added to the characters and themes of each play. It particularly took a look at how memory and sorrow refer to the characters and themes. Examples from Hamlet have shown the style of sorrow, and depression of the play due to the loss of loved ones. The graveyard emphasizes these styles, as well as Hamlet’s character and his actions due to his unsettled state of mind.

The memory of his daddy causes him to grieve to an additional degree, nevertheless with the memory of Yorick he realizes that even Alexander the Great, and Julius Caesar all returned to dust ultimately. The kitchen area in cold, dirty cooking area of Trifles represents Mrs. Wright’s state of mind leading up to the murder of her spouse. Also, the memory of Minnie Foster told by Mrs. Hale shows how significantly her character transitioned. The ladies grieve for the fact that she needed to take such drastic procedures to declare her flexibility, and hence hide their discovery of the bird.

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