They see the bird, its neck bent, clearly wrung by someone. This introduction to the sheriff and his wife draws attention to the male and female relationships—and the miscommunication therein—Gaspell explores throughout the story. Two women are dragged along with their husbands, a sheriff and a witness, to the scene of a murder. The men believe that Mrs. While they do not know why Minnie was so nervous, they do believe that this evidence of nervousness is potentially dangerous for Minnie. Wright has been killed; his murderer needs identification.
The county attorney gives the women permission to gather the things that Mrs. The short story also introduces passages that describe the setting of the story, which give the reader a vivid picture of the scene. This sentence has sexist connotations, suggesting that women are silly and unintelligent in comparison to men. Hale has for the men. Hale to go with them to keep his own wife company.
The women share similar situations and experiences and, because of this, feel they ought to defend each other against the men who do not share these experiences, and yet make judgments based on bias and ignorance. She was a founding member of the Provincetown Players, one of the most important collaboratives in the development of modern drama in the United States. Her instinctual response is to hide from the men something she knows is important, something she knows that they will use as evidence against Minnie without taking the time or care to understand its implications in terms of the awful life Minnie had been forced to live. Writing in the late 19th and early 20th Century, Susan was a Pulitzer prize winner play writ, actress, novelist and journalist. At first you definitely sympathize with Mrs. Minnie Wright, accused of murdering her husband.
Hale had come upon an unpleasant scene the day before. Wright is very cheap, judging by the state of Mrs. The county attorney facetiously comments that they found out that Minnie was going to. This passage foreshadows the lack of predictability or standard sense underlying the case. The moment the men are no longer in the room, Mrs.
Minnie Foster was an easy-going, zealous, ambitious, young maiden, who loved singing. Wright in a delirious state and comes to learn that Mr. It is strange that Minnie lives here, as Mrs. Torn between duty to the law and guilt, Mrs. Susan Glaspell penned down 'A Jury Of Her Peers' in a feminist insight. Unlike the county attorney and sheriff who laugh at the women for worrying over the fruit, the two women recognize the tragedy in ruined preserves. No longer being in control of their own lives but rather having to live their lives being controlled by their husbands, which appears to be the case for Minnie.
The story leaves a subtle feminist message. Stories are convenient to stick in between longer books. It takes a while to get to the good stuff, but the level of skill it takes to make something like this work is evident in the writing. Minnie represented those women who suffered helplessly in the form of domestic violence, which could be both physical or mental. Madison Davis has commented on the same concept, noting that while the women's actions were not conventionally good, the cruelty inflicted by John Wright and the sheriff's choice to ignore this cruelty justifies their actions and silence. Hale begins to point to another crime: her own abandonment of Mrs. Hale looks on nervously because she knows her husband is not very good at retelling stories.
Peters says that crime must be punished. Hale possess superior powers of observation and meticulous attention to detail. It is possible that Glaspell is suggesting, again at the time the story was published, that many women after they had gotten married were no longer free to live their lives as they would have liked to. The county attorney laughs at her for defending Mrs. Peters asks Lewis Hale to describe what he witnessed at the farmhouse the day before.
The careful reader will hear these words as condescending and dismissive. Peters shares that she knows stillness. Peters and Martha can understand how lonely it can feel being in the house all day. Peters has, until this point in the story, rationalized, pardoned, and explained the unkindness and trivializing treatment of the men. The male characters, who instead expect subordination and obedience from their wives, sisters, and mothers, miss vital clues necessary to solve the crime. Looking at the fruit, Mrs. Peters, who, he joked, was getting scared and wanted another woman for company.
It was a great read and I am keen to read more from this author. I can understand why this is used A Jury of Her Peers was a very interesting and well constructed short story, but it was the undertones of social commentary on the position and sisterhood between women that made it a worth while read. Wright was choked to death at his own residence while he was asleep. In A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell we have the theme of connection, inequality, independence, control and oppression. Arriving at the Wright home, the place strikes Mrs. Minnie Wright revealed that John was home, but that Mr. Hale will present them with any clues they find in order to support the incrimination of Minnie.
Peters did not know Minnie before she met the charged woman the previous day. Hale did not like the sight of that pencil. The short story, of course, is easier to interpret as easily as it can be appreciated. It makes the case for the defense of an otherwise incomprehensible crime. Perhaps they were harbouring similar thoughts about their own husbands. As part of the Provincetown Players, she arranged for the first ever reading of a play by Eugene O'Neill. I especially enjoyed the notion that, even when one women commits a heinous act for her own protection, all others will come together to protect her from the abuse.