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A Jury of Her Peers

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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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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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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Since the plot centers around the discovery of a motive to explain the murder in "A Jury of Her Peers," and the clue to this motive is apparently discovered by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, it...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 11:58 pm 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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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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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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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 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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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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In a short story, the rising action continues to build until the climax, and after the climax, the action falls till the end in a portion of the story called the denouement. In a longer work of...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 3:13 am 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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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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The frigid winter setting of an isolated farm house in Iowa in 1900 certainly presents a "lonesome" place where a childless woman is left to herself for long intervals. When Mrs. Hale accompanies...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2013 3:21 am 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters figure out a lot about Mrs. Wright in the story. They discuss, first off, what Mrs. Wright was like when she was younger. She was involved with a choir, was seen around...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2016 5:17 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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Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" is full of great ironies, and the quote you mention is one of them. The sheriff and his wife meet the Hales and the county attorney and the scene of a crime....

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

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It is a much changed woman from Minnie Foster who sits in the jail as the story begins. Mrs. Wright has become a rather nondescript and withdrawn woman, while Minnie Foster was vivacious and...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 9:58 pm UTC

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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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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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Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale are in conflict with the men because of their condescending attitudes. Shortly after Mr. Hale directs the sheriff and county attorney into the Wrights' home where he has...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2016 2:19 am UTC

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The central irony of Glaspell's short story "A Jury of Her Peers" (as well as of the dramatic version, Trifles) is that the investigators overlook the domestic clues that allow their wives to solve...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 2:01 pm UTC

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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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The story is told consistently in the third person, although through the observations of each of the characters and their motivations the audience develops a wider perspective of the crime and the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2011 12:40 pm UTC

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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 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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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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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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One way to analyze the narrative structure of "A Jury of Her Peers" is to compare it to the standard murder mystery story. In Glaspell's short story, the sheriff and county attorney pick up Mr....

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 12:51 pm UTC

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As the other answers have indicated the plot is two-fold. There is the on-stage story we see unfold of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters struggling to process what they learn and decide how to deal with...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 1:42 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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The primary literary element present in Susan Glaspell’s short story is irony. This quality refers to a disconnection or reversal between expectations and reality or to restricting information from...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 2:20 am UTC

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Excellent question! Remember that tone is the emotional feeling the author conveys towards a given subject. The author may convey a specific tone through the work's setting; character's thoughts,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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In Elizabeth Glaspell's short story, the county attorney first notices that the jars of fruit have broken with the cold. He stands on a chair to inspect the upper cupboard and finds the burst jars....

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 12:34 am UTC

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The story never actually says to us openly that the two women know Mrs. Wright killed her husband, but for the discerning reader, it makes it clear from the various bits of evidence that are...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011 7:04 pm UTC

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“A Jury of her Peers” by Susan Glaspell is based on her one-act play Trifles. The story in both genres was based on an actual murder case that Glaspell reported on when she worked as a newspaper...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2013 2:46 am UTC

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