The names of the characters from the story "A Jury of Her Peers" are significant, lending added meaning to Glaspell's narrative. It is interesting, too, that all three of the female characters have names derived from the Hebrew language; that is, they are traditional names.
The name Martha means "bitterness" in Hebrew. This meaning can easily apply to Mrs. Hale, who certainly harbors bitter feelings toward Mr. Wright for having figuratively caged Minnie Foster after he married her. He kept her at the isolated house and denied her the enjoyment of a telephone. Mrs. Wright has also been deprived of a badly-needed new stove as well as new clothes (judging from the worn clothing that Mrs. Peters gathers to take to the jail). Finally, Mrs. Wright has been deprived of socialization as she no longer has had opportunities to go to town and visit with friends.
The only name given to the sheriff's wife is the genitive form of her husband's surname. The author's manner of...
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