Character Analysis of Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers

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Mrs. Martha Hale is an apologetic, dutiful, and rational character who serves as a defense to justify Mrs. Wright’s murderous crime. Mrs. Hale as featured in “A Jury of Her Peers” Written by Susan Glaspell has the storyline of a mother who has intense apologetic regret over allowing her life to push things aside, of being a dutiful homemaker, and of unseen rational processing to the truth of the crime.
Martha is mixed with regret in an apologetic manner for the lack of social outreach. Her first quote “I ought to go over and see Minnie Foster” (Insert Cite) after feeling as if she could not cross the line into Minnie Foster’s home because she felt regret for making excuses for twenty years. From the same paragraph we see that life was
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Wright expected that Minnie provide the type of living she was provided in childhood but he was unwilling or unable to provide the equipment to do so.
Despite being a precise homemaker she provides rational excuses to everything wrong with Minnie’s home or life. Mrs. Hale took great defense when the attorney and sheriff were criticizing Minnie’s kitchen. She seemed to act like it was a direct insult to her own skills. She made the rational and informative snap that “Men’s hands aren’t always as clean as they might be” (pg 187). This implied that even though the kitchen was not perfect, it wasn’t just the woman’s fault for the mess. Her realization, after the thought of half sifted four still sitting in her own kitchen, of Minnie being interrupted in the middle of her kitchen (pg 188) made Mrs. Hale extremely uneasy in problem with undone things. Along with perfect homemaking skills Mrs. Hale had what we would describe as mild obsessive compulsive disorder as she inspected the quilt. The stitching on Minnie’s quilt had even strokes but one was uneven and described as worked on by a nervous Minnie (pg 191). Mrs. Hale logical and detailed analyzing of the uneven stitching allowed her a shared thought process with Minnie, but this did set her uneasy in the situation. The finding of an empty bird cage and then nosy look over of the cage offered readers a final defense from Martha Hale. After discovery of the rough handling of the cage, and the broken door (pg
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