Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers

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In 1917, Susan Glaspell rewrote her 1916 Play, “Trifles,” into a short story called “A Jury of her Peers.” They both depict a group of townspeople investigating the murder of Mr. Wright. It is suspected that Mrs. Minnie Wright, his wife, is the murderer. As the story goes on, the women in the group figure out she committed the murder but decide to hide evidence to keep her from being convicted. Susan Glaspell wrote a short story titled “A Jury of her Peers” mirroring a previous play that she had written titled “Trifles.” There are slight changes and variations between these two that make them surprisingly different. By comparing the characters point of view, the way the story is introduced, and the plot we can point out key differences between …show more content…

The titles of the two help set up the point of view that particular story is going to be told in. The story named “A Jury of Her Peers” was named that because Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, her peers, basically decided the fate of Minnie. They both decided not to turn in the evidence and, in doing so, more than likely kept her out of prison. The term “jury” used in the title is appropriate because the whole story is depicting a group of townspeople who are investigating the murder scene to decide her fate. Typically, a group of people deciding someone’s fate is called a jury. In the play, “Trifles,” Mr. Hale states that women are constantly “worrying over trifles” (Glaspell 561). Yet, these are the same trifles that if the men paid attention to they would be able to get plenty of evidence against Minnie. The introductions to the stories are also very different, in the story it starts way before they get to Mrs. Wrights house. It actually starts at Mr. and Mrs. Hales house as the sheriff’s buggy stops to pick them up. This allows us to get a feel for the relationships between each of the characters. It also allows us to understand why the women are there in the first place, the sheriffs wife, Mrs. Peters, is there to get some of Mrs. Wrights things for her, and Mrs. Hale is there simply to keep Mrs. Peters company. It states, “and then the sheriff came running in to say his wife wished Mrs. Hale would come too--- adding, with a grin, that he guessed she was getting scarey and wanted another woman along”(Glaspell 568). The story also gives a very descriptive view of the Mrs. Wrights home, and namely her kitchen. This differs greatly from the play in the fact that the only description of the setting that we get in the beginning of the play is a short scene description before the character dialogue starts. There is no information to connect the characters in the

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