"A Jury of Her Peers" is a short story written by Susan Glaspell in 1917 and follows the investigation of the murder of John Wright, with his wife Minnie Wright being the alleged murderer. Martha and Lewis Hale assist Sheriff Peters and his wife, Mrs. Peters, with investigating the scene of the crime. Throughout the story, women notice significance in their findings, of which the men overlook. The men have a dismissive attitude towards the women, ignoring their contributions. When the women solve
Intuition in A Jury of Her Peers Though men and women are now recognized as generally equal in talent and intelligence, when Susan Glaspell wrote "A Jury of Her Peers" in 1917, it was not so. In this turn-of-the-century, rural midwestern setting, women were often barely educated and possessed virtually no political or economic power. And, being the "weaker sex," there was not much they could do about it. Relegated to home and hearth, women found themselves at the mercy of the more
of mankind. Women, in particular, fight for fairness even in today’s society. This everlasting battle can be seen in both “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell. Gilman’s story revolves around a woman who has postpartum depression. Her husband, who is also her physician, uses isolation to try and heal his wife’s “nervous disease.” Glaspell’s story, on the other hand, describes the murder of a man, with his wife being the prime suspect.
Breaking the Bonds of Oppression in A Jury of Her Peers Susan Glaspell’s "A Jury of Her Peers" is a view into the lives of farmer’s wives in the Midwest at the turn of the century. These women live in a male dominated world, where the men consider them incompetent and frivolous. The only identity they have is that associated with their husbands. They stay at the farmhouse to complete their repetitive and exhausting chores. The wives have little or no contact with the other
English 1102 Dr. Summer 3/20/16 Feminism in A Jury of Her Peers Feminism, as defined, is the advocacy of women 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Feminist critics strive to weaken this patriarchal hold on society and reveal male bias against women in writing. While these ideas are a well-known concept today, it wasn’t quite as popular back in the 19th century when the play “Trifles” was written by Susan Glaspell. This play, written in 1916, focuses on the culturally