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A Jury of Her Peers

by Susan Glaspell
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In "A Jury of Her Peers," who committed the murder? What was their motive? Who solves the crime? Why were they able to solve the crime? What can we learn from this story?

In "A Jury of Her Peers," John Wright was murdered by his wife, Minnie Foster Wright. There were several factors leading to tension in their marriage, but Minnie's friends deduce that she killed him after he killed her pet canary. This story demonstrates the destructive effects of isolation on mental health and the difference between justice and law and order.

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The murder of John Wright was committed by his wife, Minnie Foster Wright. There had apparently been tension in their marriage, at least partially because of John Wright's asocial nature and Minnie's discomfort with the isolation of their life together on their remote farm. It seems that the last straw might have been that John Wright killed Minnie's singing canary, her only other companion.

Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters look through Minnie's belongings and find that the canary's cage door had been roughly pulled apart, and then they find the dead bird carefully wrapped in some silk cloth. Its broken neck suggests that it has been killed violently. They deduce that John Wright has committed this cruel act and pushed Minnie off the deep end, so to speak. Mrs. Hale is empathetic because she has suffered in a similar way when she first became a homesteader and lost a child.

There are many things that can be learned from the story. One is that isolation can have very destructive effects on a person's mental health. Another is that one should not be reluctant or afraid to reach out to others if it is suspected that they are suffering physically or emotionally. And finally, it may suggest that there is a difference between justice and law and order.

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