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##rtance Of Minnie Hale In Susan Glaspell's 'A Jury Of Her Peers'

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Once Minnie Foster became Minnie Wright, she was a mere speck living in her husband’s world. She is described by Mrs. Hale as young and lively, “She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively—when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls, singing in the choir” (Glaspell 507). Although her presence in her marriage was small, she holds a major presence in Susan Glaspell’s, “A Jury of Her Peers”, without even being physically present. Minnie is present in the minds of both Mrs. Peter and Mrs. Hale once they step foot into her home with symbols such as the kitchen, the rocker, the birdcage, the dead canary, and the busted preserve jars. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale use the birdcage, the dead canary, and the busted preserve jars to conclude Minnie Wright lived in a broken home with a broken marriage which led to Minnie Wright’s that both women deemed justifiable. Before Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale step foot into Minnie Wright’s kitchen, they nervously stood outside already feeling Minnie Wright’s presence. Mrs. Hale is described by the narrator as, “Even after she had her foot on the door—step, her hand on the knob, Martha Hale had a moment of feeling she could not cross that threshold” (Glaspell 502). Mrs. Hale feels as if she cannot cross that threshold because she had never crossed it before. There were plenty of times where she felt that she should have visited Minnie Wright, but now that she is actually there without Minnie Wright physically being present, there is something
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