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What is the setting of "A Jury of Her Peers"?

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lhaviland | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2008 at 11:33 PM via web

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What is the setting of "A Jury of Her Peers"?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 30, 2008 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The story takes place in the early 1900s, probably between 1920 and 1930. The setting is a place called Dickson County, though no state is specified. See the Salem Press article linked below as well as the eNotes introduction and summary.

 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 31, 2008 at 1:46 AM (Answer #2)

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The play is written in the early 1900's in an agricultural community in America.  Probably mid-west, but no specifications were made.  This setting is important since Minnie was isolated and alone in her misery.  Had she not been, things may have turned out differently for her and her husband.

The author, Glaspell, wrote the play after seeing an article in the newspaper about an abused woman who killed her husband.  Apparently, like Minnie, the woman in the article had reached a breaking point and took matters into her own hands.

Keep in mind that this is a time period where divorce and separation were just not done, so the woman had either to suffer through it, die, or kill her abuser.  The point of this play is to bring about the realization that just because there were fewer divorces or cases of domestic abuse reported in the early 1900's doesn't mean they were all blissfully happy.

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