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What is the point of view in "A Jury of Her Peers"?is it a fixed point of view or does...

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What is the point of view in "A Jury of Her Peers"?

is it a fixed point of view or does it change?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM (Answer #1)

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The story is told consistently in the third person, although through the observations of each of the characters and their motivations the audience develops a wider perspective of the crime and the implications of the events.

An omniscient narrative like this directs the reader to the pieces of evidence that are needed to piece together the key purpose if the story. In this case, we are directed to piece together the clues which are uncovered by the women, and to view the male characters with cynicism as they fumble through the investigation and arrogantly dismiss the women's observations.

Because of the view we are directed to form of the men, we side more with the women in their methodical, sensitive approach to the events leading up to the murder of Mr Wright.

Mrs Hale is clear that the neglect of Minnie by those around her was as much a crime as Minnie kiling her husband-

The picture of that girl, the fact that she had lived neighbor to that girl for twenty years, and had let her die for lack of life, was suddenly more than she could bear.

Mrs Peters is more indecisive as to whether justice will be served by the system in which her husband is part, or whether another route should be provided for women who were not, at this time, given a voice in the legal process. The third person narration directs us to consider the women's final actions as, though criminal, in some way justified in the light of the ignorance and insensitivity of the men involved.

 

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