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A Jury of Her Peers

A Jury of Her Peers is a fitting title because it describes the understanding that was between the women as to what Minnie Wright had gone through, and they acquitted her of murder. Minnie had been...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2009, 9:44 am (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters end up protecting Minnie Wright by hiding the strangled canary, which could be used as key evidence against her in her murder trial. Although Mrs. Peters is the sheriff's...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 5:46 am (UTC)

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The setting of this story is in a rural American community, Dickson County, at the turn of the twentieth century. This setting is extremely important to establishing the plot and themes of the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2015, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Martha Hale and Mrs. Peters don't know each other well as they travel to Minnie Wright's farm with their husbands on a cold morning. Mrs. Hale thinks that the small, slight Mrs. Peters doesn't look...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 1:31 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In "A Jury of her Peers" the men and women of the unnamed town are presented with the same clues behind the murder of Mr. Wright. However, the women are the ones who solve, cover up, and...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011, 4:13 am (UTC)

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Mrs Hale is initially the most empathetic of Minnie Wright’s life, but, as she recalls specific events from her own life, Mrs Peters begins to understand Minnie’s plight. When the dead canary is...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012, 7:51 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The climax of Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers," the moment of highest emotional intensity, occurs when Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale decide to hide the damning evidence of the dead bird. Because...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2016, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Susan Glaspell uses the third person limited omniscient point of view in "A Jury of Her Peers." This means that an outside narrator tells the story but only allows the reader inside the head of one...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016, 9:35 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers," a group of people search the farmhouse of a woman who is believed to have murdered her husband. The short story examines and illuminates differences in...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

A major theme in "A Jury of Her Peers" is crime and punishment. While Minnie may have committed the murder of her husband, she is tried and found not guilty by the women who visit her home. By...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2020, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In "A Jury of Her Peers," Mrs. Peters, the sheriff's wife, accompanies her husband and the county attorney to the home of Mrs. Wright, who has been arrested the previous day on suspicion of...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The title is effective for this story as Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters decide to conceal the evidence which would indicate Minnie’s guilt in the murder of her husband. The men are unable to work out that...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012, 5:48 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The story is told from the point of view of Mrs. Hale. Mrs. Hale is a large woman, bigger than Mrs. Peters, and more forthright. She is a farm woman and a neighbor of Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale, unlike...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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The men are there to look for evidence. They essentially are looking for some motive and some way to connect Minnie Wright to the crime. The women end up finding the essential evidence and in the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in “A Jury of Her Peers” is one of perception as three men and two women try to discover Minnie Wright's motive for murdering her husband. No one has any real doubt that Minnie is...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2021, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Because the murderer will likely not go to prison or be convicted of her crime, you can say that justice is not served. However, the characters in the story and the author seem to feel that Minnie...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2018, 4:44 pm (UTC)

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Situational irony occurs when events in a work of literature turns out to be the opposite of what was expected. In "A Jury of Her Peers," the men who arrive at the Wright's farm to investigate a...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2021, 11:40 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In the story "A Jury of Her Peers," we learn from Mrs. Hale some interesting insights about Minnie Wright (formerly Foster) and her marriage dynamics. We first learn that Mrs. Hale never liked...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017, 1:05 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The women in Susan Glaspell's story "A Jury of Her Peers" do not merely discover the motive for the murder better than the men. They discover the motive and the men do not. This is partly because...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 8:43 am (UTC)

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Through the two women, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, we are informed that Minnie Wright killed her own husband. She strangled him because he was "strangling" her life. They believe that only a...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2009, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Because Susan Glaspell's story "A Jury of Her Peers" has a definite feminist perspective, it is the women of the narrative who are the dynamic characters, while the men are either flat or stock...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018, 4:36 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018, 10:37 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Let's first discuss what happens when the women find the dead bird. When they find the "pretty" box, Mrs. Hale notices that there is something wrapped up in there, in a piece of silk. "Oh, Mrs....

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017, 1:28 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers,” the murder of John Wright is being investigated by Sheriff Peters. He brings along Mr. Hale, a neighboring farmer, and George Henderson, the...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The one-act play "Trifles" and the short story "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell tell the same story. They are concerned with a murder that takes place at a remote farmhouse in Iowa. Mrs....

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 4:18 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Susan Glaspell uses several powerful symbols in her short story "A Jury of Her Peers." When the attorney washes his hands in the kitchen sink, he remarks on the dirty roller towel, but Mrs. Hale...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 3:38 am (UTC)

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While there is no definitive answer, it would seem that Glaspell gave her short story a different title from her play that was published a year earlier in order to distinguish it from this play,...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013, 5:12 am (UTC)

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Minnie's peers are other women--those who understand the pressures of having to take whatever the man dishes out, so to speak. Specifically, they are Martha Hale and Mrs. Peters. Martha knew...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2010, 1:48 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

During Glaspell's classic short story "A Jury of Her Peers," Minnie Wright does not appear in her own house. Instead, she is absent. To be specific, she's in jail. This is indicated in passing,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016, 3:19 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

"A Jury of Her Peers" is a reworking of Susan Glaspell's one-act play Trifles. Both works raise questions about whether the criminal justice system treats women fairly. In both, the men in law...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2021, 12:02 pm (UTC)

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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters each have a personal reason for not turning over the evidence to the attorney and sheriff, and they have one reason that they share. Once the women discover the bent bird...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016, 2:38 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In the story "A Jury of Her Peers" the men attempted to gain information and clues from the case from the outside-in. This means that they will primarily look at everything that they can see in the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The famous short story "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell tells of a group of people investigating a murder in a remote Iowa farmhouse. The two main characters are Martha Hale, the wife of a...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2018, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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John Wright's name is ironic in a number of ways. In fact, the use of the name "Wright", which is a homophone of "right", is used on purpose in the story "A Jury of Her Peers" to delineate exactly...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Mood and tone are similar things, but are not the same. Be aware of the differences when analyzing a work of literature. The tone refers to the attitude of the author toward the situation of the...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016, 4:08 pm (UTC)

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In Glaspell's short story "A Jury of Her Peers," the main conflict pits the men's arrogant air of superiority and seemingly logical methods against the women's responses to the conditions of Minnie...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2017, 11:19 am (UTC)

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The settings of the Wright farm in the expansive farmland of Dickson County, Iowa, the town that represents Indianola, where the real woman represented by Minnie Foster lived as a young woman, and...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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The phrase refers to a way of finishing a quilt once it had been sewn together, and is of course yet another example of the "trifles" that women associate themselves with in this story that the men...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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This line from “A Jury of Her Peers” is an exclamation that Mrs. Hale makes while she and Mrs. Peters are going through Minnie Wright’s clothes. They are choosing some items to take to her in jail....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019, 3:31 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

In Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers the men are searching for evidence that Mrs. Wright has killed her husband. They search the house, both inside and out, searching for a motive. Considering...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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The young Minnie Wright of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter's memory bore little resemblance to the one who had apparently just murdered her husband. They still remember her as a spirited and happy young...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 1:53 am (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

Based upon a true incident of February 11, 1882, in which a farmer was murdered and his wife subsequently charged and tried for this murder, "A Jury of Her Peers" chronicles the life of Mrs....

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The basic plot of this story, which becomes the play, Trifles, is a woman by the name of Minnie Wright has killed her husband, John Wright. They live in a secluded farmhouse, and he is not kind to...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2008, 5:46 am (UTC)

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It's very hard to find any evidence to the men being conscientious of the women. The county attorney especially is very condescending to the women. He makes comments about their conversations of...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2009, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The quilt comes to symbolize the solidarity of women in "A Jury of Her Peers." When the group investigating the murder scene passes by the quilt, Mrs. Peters stops to admire it. Tenderly touching...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2021, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, if you read the story carefully, you will see that through the various reminisces that Mrs. Hale has of her friend, Minnie Foster, before she became Mrs. Wright, she was a social woman who...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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I think #5 makes a number of excellent points in focusing on how Mr. Wright thought he was always "right." Although he is a character that we never meet in the story, his arrogance and oppression...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011, 6:28 am (UTC)

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On the day that Mr. Hale discovered the murder of Mr. Wright, he and his son had departed early in the morning with a load of potatoes, but they never completed the trip. As the farmer and his son...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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A Jury of Her Peers

The famous short story "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell tells of two women who accompany their husbands to a remote farmhouse in which a murder has been committed. While the husbands...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019, 8:20 pm (UTC)

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Mr. Wright is the man found dead in his home. His wife is Minnie Wright, the main suspect in his murder. But Martha Hale also refers to her as Minnie Foster. This was her maiden name. Her married...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015, 8:26 pm (UTC)

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