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Describe the character of Minnie Wright in "A Jury of Her Peers" as a young unmarried...

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rhodenamber29 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2009 at 8:29 AM via web

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Describe the character of Minnie Wright in "A Jury of Her Peers" as a young unmarried woman.

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 16, 2009 at 9:09 AM (Answer #1)

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The young Minnie is a lively girl who loved singing in the church choir.  Mrs. Hale spoke of how well she dressed and of how pretty her voice was when she sang.  Her voice was easily picked out of the choir. Her happiness in youth is in great contrast to the lifestyle she had to mold into after marrying John Wright.  The descriptions from both the men and women in this story describe John as a cold, selfish and unsocial man who ended up dragging his wife into his own lifestlyle.  This smothering among other events is what eventually caused her to snap.  But in doing so, perhaps Minnie will be able to revert back to her old yet fun ways.

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anna95s | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:57 AM (Answer #2)

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           A woman can tolerate just so much; when she is locked away from her dreams and the delightful life she was used to, morbid hatred begins to accumulate. Minnie Foster, in “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, had been forced to change her delightful self into an austere and obedient housewife, a tragic change that eventually leads her to murder her husband, John Wright. Minnie Foster, or Minnie Wright is therefore, a morbidly dynamic character whose dreams represented by the singing canary, was crushed by John Wright.

           The death of the singing canary, an alter ego of Minnie Foster, reveals the inanimate marriage she underwent and the motivation behind the murder of her husband, John Wright. There was a time when Minnie Foster was “…like the bird”; she was “…sweet and pretty…” and loved to sing. It was only after she married when she really “… [changed]”. Living a life full of “nothing”, the canary was her only companion, an alter ego that was still free enough to sing. Yet, when John Wright “…wrung its neck”, it not only led to the bird’s death but also Minnie Foster’s death due to “…lack of life”; he ultimately destroyed the last innocence and youth that was left inside her. It also explains why John Wright was “chocked” to death leaving the gun in the house untouched. It had only seemed fair to Minnie Wright that her husband should suffer the same way since he had wrung the dreams and therefore life out of her. 

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