“A Jury of Her Peers,” a short story written by Susan Glaspell in 1917, is an example of early feminist literature. The female characters, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to solve the mystery of who murdered John Wright while their male counterparts could not. This short story had been adapted from Glaspell’s one-act play Trifles written the previous year. The play consists of the same characters and plot line as the story. In both works, Glaspell depicts how the men, Sheriff Peters, Mr. Hale
characterization is more difficult than describing plot, for human character is infinitely complex, variable, and ambiguous” (Arp 161). Like in most interpretive fictional stories, Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers,” the reader sees richness in the characterization of three women: Minnie Foster Wright who is accused of murdering her husband, Mrs. Hale who is Minnie’s childhood friend, and Mrs. Peters the wife of the local sheriff. Through an in depth portrayal of the setting, as well as the characters'
Author of Trifles Susan Glaspell said, “Whether Margaret Hossack or Minnie Wright committed murder is moot; what is incontrovertible is the brutality of their lives, the lack of options they had to redress grievances or to escape abusive husbands, and the complete disregard of their plight by the courts and by society. Instead of arguing their innocence, Glaspell concretizes the conditions under which these women live and the circumstances that might cause them to kill.” (Ben-Zvi 38). Glaspell accurately
extremely strict around then, and this was the fundamental inconvenience to lady around then. The difference of this can be seen the stories like "A Jury of Her Peers" and "Slopes Like White Elephants". This can likewise be seen by the authors composing the stories. Adjusted from Susan Glaspell's well known one-act play, Trifles (1920), "A Jury of Her Peers" is about sisterhood. Ladies' parts as spouses, moms, and homemakers don't make them absolutely detached, unintelligent, or subordinate to men
did it. Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" describes the murder investigation of John Wright. Townspeople assumed Minnie Wright is guilty of murdering her husband and as a result, she is imprisoned so that a group of men can inspect her home for clues. The men bring along two women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, to gather some personal belongings for Mrs. Wright. The men search for a motive to prove Mrs. Wright’s guilt meanwhile, the women discover why she committed the crime and judge her justified
In the early 1900's Susan Glaspell wrote many works, two stand out, the play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers". Trifles was written in 1920, while "A Jury of Her Peers" was written the following year. Trifles was written in only ten days. The true greatness of these works were not recognized until the 1970's. In the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" a woman named Minnie Wright is accused of the murder of her husband. Minnie Wright is a farmer's wife and is also isolated
In Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” Minnie Foster is accused of killing her husband. This accusation forces Mrs. Peters to choose between the law and her inner feelings. Her husband is the sheriff of Dickenson County, Iowa. It has always been a small, quiet town where nothing really happens. Mrs. Peters is faced with an internal struggle. On one side, she is married to the law and on the other side she understands what Minnie has been through. Her husband used to mentally abuse
in Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers and Trifles Twentieth century society places few stereotypical roles on men and women. The men are not the sole breadwinners, as they once were, and the women are no longer the sole homemakers. The roles are often reversed, or, in the case of both parents working, the old roles are totally inconsequential. Many works of literature deal with gendered roles and their effect on society as a whole or on an individual as a person. "A Jury Of Her Peers"
ON "THE USE OF SYMBOLISM IN SUSAN GLASPELL'S A JURY OF HER PEER" Susan Glaspell's short story, A Jury of Her Peers, was written long before the modern women's movement began, yet her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of symbolism, the role that women are expected to play in society. Glaspell illustrates how this highly stereotypical role can create oppression for women and also bring harm to men as well. Character names are very important in A Jury of her Peers. The two characters, John and
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