Based on the plot of the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, why is "A Jury of Her Peers" a good title for the story?

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As the other educator post states, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters function as the de facto jury for Mrs. Wright.

From the beginning, their husbands believe Mrs. Wright is guilty as they search for evidence at the crime scene that would definitively prove it.

The detectives’ wives accompany them to the Wright home. During the few times in which husbands and wives interact, the men are dismissive of the women’s comments and conversation. This shows the fundamental differences in perspective between men and women at the time.

As a result, when Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters discover the dead canary, they deliberate and reach a verdict: Mrs. Wright’s husband provoked his wife with his cruelty and abuse. The two women serve as jury and judge because they find Mrs. Wright not guilty, concealing the evidence that would identify her motive.

The title is fitting because the women understand that there is no way a jury of men would fairly weigh the issues of the case. The only way that Mrs. Wright can have a fair “trial” is in the impromptu one she receives from Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters—her true peers.

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"A Jury of Her Peers" is an excellent title for Glaspell's story as it works on many levels. The foundation of trial by jury is that the defendant faces charges which are heard and interpreted by a jury of peers: peers meaning equals in status. Women were not allowed to sit on a jury at the time the story was written, so no woman was in fact allowed this basic right as her peers were not part of any jury. The fact that Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters weigh up the evidence, ascertain the events of the killing of Mr Wright and act according to their interpretation of events means that the case is given a woman's perspective, and that Minnie Wright's motivations and actions were understood by them.

There is a conspiracy between the women to cover Minnie Wright's motive for the crime (the killing of her canary). The men who will present and review the evidence will not have a clear picture of the events, and there will probably not be enough evidence to convict her.

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