Susan Glaspell 's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Throughout history, there has been a blatant difference in the world’s perception of the hierarchical standings of men and women. In many regards, men are viewed as superior to women. Because progress towards equality between the sexes has been made, it may be difficult for one to imagine the stark differences in the standards of which men and women were held to a century ago. In “A Jury of Her Peers,” Susan Glaspell crafts an intricate portrayal of these differences, but also provides a closer look at interpersonal relationships in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as how one’s atmosphere may affect the mind.
Glaspell’s commentary is clear regarding the standing of men and women of the time, with the male characters being in positions of duty and respect, and the female characters being in positions of maintenance. These choices made by Glaspell allow the reader to observe the subtle differences in the sexes’ responsibilities and what they view as important details. This difference results in the male characters of the story believing their opinions hold more weight than those of the female characters. It is understood that the men view the women’s opinions as frivolous when upon observing the kitchen of Minnie Wright, the Sheriff makes the statement, “Nothing here but kitchen things,” (Glaspell 784). The reader knows the “kitchen things” eventually tell the tale of the murder of John Wright, but the men are not willing or able to look as closely as Mrs.
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