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Characters in Opening Stage Notes

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Trifles, Susan Glaspell, 1916

Susan Glaspell was originally a newspaper reporter from Des Moines, Iowa. She covered a real-life murder case involving a man being murdered in the middle of the night in his own home. This case inspired both Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers.

The following passage is the opening of Glaspell’s one-act play, Trifles.

Glaspell, Susan. "Trifles." Itech.fgcu.edu. Dr. Jim Wohlpart, July 1996. Web. 19 Apr. 2016.

In regards to the characters, the opening stage notes BEST achieve which of the following outcomes?

A

They establish foil characters.

B

They broadly juxtapose the men and the women.

C

They expose the antagonist.

D

They prove that Mrs. Hale is a round character.

E

They suggest that the County Attorney is a flat character.