Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers: Summary & Analysis
This page guide for “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, as well as several more in-depth sections of.and does what what
They are aided by their knowledge of women's psychology. Glaspell originally wrote the story as a one-act play entitled Trifles for the Provincetown Players in It was also adapted into a minute film by Sally Heckel in The story begins on a cold, windy day in fictional Dickson County representing Dickinson County, Iowa with Martha Hale being abruptly called to ride to a crime scene. Peters, the sheriff's wife.
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The story begins with Mrs. Martha Hale being hurried along by her husband, Lewis Hale. She leaves her kitchen in the middle of making bread, hating the fact that she is leaving things half done. Peters, to the scene of a crime at the home of the Wrights, a couple they all knew. Hale has been asked along to keep Mrs. Peters company, even though the two women have met only once before. The crime they are investigating is the murder of Mr.
In A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell we have the theme of connection, inequality, independence, control and oppression. Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Glaspell may be exploring the theme of connection. On several occasions the reader notices that both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters are able to make a connection with Minnie Foster. Likewise when Mrs Peters remembers the incident of the young boy killing her cat when Mrs Peters was a child it brings her closer to understanding why Minnie may have killed John Wright. These connections are significant as it is through them that both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters start to not only understand Minnie a little better but they also begin to feel sympathetic towards Minnie. In many ways both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters connection with Minnie is stronger than any connection that they have with their husbands. What is also interesting about the story is the inequality that appears to exist between Mrs Hale, Mrs Peters and all three men in the story.
A Jury of Her Peers
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