Justify a Lie?

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Justify a Lie? In the one-act play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, John Wright, a citizen of Dixon County, Nebraska is killed in his home and his wife, Minnie Wright is the suspected murderer. The following morning, the County Attorney, the Sheriff Peters and his wife, and The Wright’s neighbor, Lewis Hale and his wife visit the house to look for evidence. The men tell the women to stay in the kitchen to keep out of the way. Little to the men know the answer to their questions is in the kitchen and Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale discover the clues and solve the crime. However, the two women decide not to tell the men in order to protect Minnie. The question that comes to mind is: “Was the decision made by Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale right? Was it just?” The answer to the question is that it was not right, nor was it just. Is there a difference? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “just” as acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright and good. They also define the word “right” as being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper. The two definitions coincide with each other perfectly. Especially considering the fact that one of the two words is in the other’s definition. Therefore, there is no difference between the two words. They have the same meanings. What Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale decide to do at the end of the play is morally wrong. Before the three men leave the kitchen for the upstairs bedroom, the County Attorney says to Mrs. Peters, “…and keep an eye out for anything that might be of use to us.” She responds, “Yes, Mr. Henderson.” When you consider the fact that the County Attorney is a man of high-importance, a man of the law, the two women are lying to the law. Not only are they committing a crime by not telling the men what they find, Mrs. Peters has not kept her promise to the County Attorney. Since when is it…...

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