Rifle Study Guides

  • Trifles

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    Trifles is a play by Susan Glaspell about the investigation of a woman accused of murdering her husband. The play has one act and follows the policemen who investigate the crime and disrespect the home of the accused woman, Minnie. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hales are torn between their sympathy for Minnie, whose oppression they understand, and divulging what they know to be the motive of the crime. The play is a feminist drama, exposing the constraints and oppression women experience in a patriarchal society.

  • The Rifle

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    The Rifle is a 1995 novel by Gary Paulsen that follows the story of a single rifle from the American Revolutionary War through the 1990s. The astoundingly accurate and powerful rifle was designed by Cornish McManus and later used by John Byam in the revolutionary war. After McManus and Byam's death, the gun remained in an attic until 1993, when it was found and sold to an antique dealer, then traded to another man. Later the rifle is accidently discharged, killing a child, thrown away and then later found again.

  • Rifles for Watie

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