Susan Glaspell 's A Jury Of Her Peers Essay

982 WordsMay 10, 20164 Pages
“A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell is now known as a feminist classic. Susan Glaspell first published the play “Trifles” in 1916 and was adapted to the short story “A Jury of Her Peers” in 1917. The story was rediscovered in the early 1970s, since then it has been reprinted into textbooks and anthologies. It is said that while Glaspell was working as a reporter she was inspired to write “Trifles” and “A Jury of Her Peers.” The stories are inspired by a real murder case she was covering. The short story and play has subtle differences that allow readers to get different perspectives with the same story in different formats. Many people believe the play and short story to be alike. There were only a few changes made in the adaptation. One of the changes is the title of the story. The title “Trifles” meaning less importance. The title is subtle and tells the reader the play might be about objects. The story revolves around items that the men consider to be insignificant, but are important in uncovering what happened. In “Trifles” it progresses by showing one clue after another in the household that eventually allows them to judge Minnie Foster. The title “A Jury of Her Peers” is not so subtle, as it tells the readers some of the themes from the start, which are feminine community and legality. It also tells the reader that the story will be focused on the characters Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, since they will be the jury for Mrs. Foster. In “Generic Translation and
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