Compare and contrast Susan Glaspell’s Trifles with her short story “A Jury of Her Peers.” How does each work differ from the other? What themes, symbols, or other concepts of the work come across more clearly in the play? Why and how? Which work do you like best and why? Reply for Susan Glaspell’s one-act play “Trifles” is a direct adaption of her short story “A Jury of Her Peers”. The short story is adapted from the real-life murder of John Hossack, who was murdered in his sleep with an axe and whose wife became the prime suspect. In terms of story, there is not much difference at all between the two works. Both follow two women as they discover who really killed John Wright, all the while struggling to be taken seriously by the police. However, the play’s dialogue differs from the short story a good deal. It is generally known that plays typically rely on dialogue more than action, whereas short stories and novels are able to explicitly shine a light on what a character may be thinking in any given moment. This holds true with “Trifles” and “A Jury of Her Peers”. “Trifles” is much more centered around dialogue than the short story it was based on, although it expresses many of the same ideas as the latter. In fact, much of the dialogue is taken straight from the short story, and I don’t believe there is any dialogue in “A Jury of Her Peers” that was excluded from the play. Rather, “Trifles” had to expand upon the dialogue given in the short story in order to carry the play forward. Reply for Susan Glaspell’s Trifles and A Jury of Her Peers both tell the same story of a murder. They are however adapted for different mediums. One is a short story, and the other is a play. The differences between the two stories are very minimal and are merely the reflection of the pros and cons of both mediums. The play, Trifles, shows less of the characters inner thoughts because it is meant to be acted out on a stage where it is more difficult to convey the emotions of the characters. Trifles also was not able to give some of the background to the story as A Jury of Her peers due to another drawback of stage performances. The short story, A Jury of Her Peers, however, conveys those emotions more strongly and also gives more background to the story. Personally, I prefer Trifles over A Jury of Her Peers as it is more to the point. I also found Trifles to be particularly interesting to see how it could be adapted to a visual form since I am interested in pursuing film. Both works are very well done and I do not think one is better than the other, they are both good for different reasons and I enjoyed reading both of them very much.