The psychoanalytical perspective in the historical context has been projected in the literary world through a number of works and treatise. In the framework of analysis, the ‘Trifles’ drama portrays an everyday, simple occurrence of an everyday somnolent village setting but it also brings out the smart thinking of the womenfolk in an unhurried narrative. There is a great deal of meaning loaded into the simple yet descriptive interplay of emotions and words especially of the women (Kitch, p.7). They are quick to discover the simple motive of revenge that the sweet old lady wanted for the literal murder of her sweet little companion, the songbird, or the canary that she had bought off a salesman. This songbird for her symbolized freedom, free spirited expression of feelings and the ability to enjoy herself through the exercise of her vocal chords. Yet the man was narrow minded and in his slow, Neanderthal like, primitive mind there was the desire to finish off the enjoyment of the woman, He simply but most brutally snuffed out the bird’s life by cruelly wrenching her neck at an unnatural angle (Carlson, p.453). It was almost as if he could not tolerate anything that could provide any modicum of pleasure to the woman who literally worked like a slave for him from dawn to dusk.
Seeing his brash cruelty the poor woman was stricken. Her heart broke literally and she decided to take her revenge which she did by engineering the death of her man by throttling his life just like he had done for the bird. Even as he snuffed out the little birdies life so did the woman take his life away from him? The best part was that she was complacent and awaited her just rewards. She did not regret the deed she had implemented nor did she exhibit any need for mercy (Kitch, 17). She was brave enough to take on the tormentor and then serve her time. In contrast the man had picked on someone so small to try and teach the woman and lesson and had to pay with his life for his misjudgment of the strength of the woman.