A Jury of Her Peers, by Susan Glaspell

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Women have often dealt with the double standard when it came down to the difference between men and women. In fact, women only gained their right to vote in Canada in 1929; excluding the province of Quebec. Men are usually seen to be the superior sex, and also the leaders of significant matters. However, women on the other hand tend to be followers, or the lesser version of a man. “A Jury of Her Peers” written by Susan Glaspell is a short story that deals with this moral issue. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are called into an investigation with their spouses for the murder of their neighbor, Mr. Wright. The men go upstairs to find a motive to convict Mrs. Wright, and ask the two women to stay in the kitchen. The women are seen to be…show more content…
The apron signifies cooking, and doing work in the kitchen, which is considered to be the epitome of a woman’s main concern. The way she kept repeatedly pleating it, making sure she was well represented, also signified that. This simple act was brought up quite a numerous amount of times throughout the text. It is also important to notice the setting; Mrs. Wright was always in the kitchen throughout the scene. The kitchen, likely being her safe zone, indicated that it played an important role in Mrs. Wright’s life, for she had no kids and must have spent quite some time in there satisfying her husband. It would be a normal concept for consideration to examine this particular room, however, the men shrugged it off and said: “‘nothing here but kitchen things,’ [which was said] with a little laugh for the insignificance of kitchen things.” (p.381)

The characters in this short story all play a very important role; the men vs. the women. It is vital to take into account of the condescending remarks made by the men towards the women. After Mr. Hale described the scene of when he found Mrs. Wright on her rocking chair and her murdered husband, they decided to go upstairs and look for crucial clues. Mr. Hale told the two women to stay in the kitchen and search for anything that may be of importance to their case, however, he then said nonchalantly, “but would the women know a clue if they did come upon it?” (p. 383) They said it with absolutely no remorse, and intentionally
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