In Alias Grace, what did Grace mean when she said she'd rather be a murderess than a murderer, if those were the only two choices?

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The answer to this question necessarily involves an understanding of gender and the way that women were thought of and treated at the time when the novel is set. Women were thought of as being fragile and weak and incapable of committing crimes such as murder. Critics have noted the different treatment that Grace Marks receives from the law compared to James McDermott, who was quickly found to be guilty and hanged for murder. There was no discussion about his guilt or otherwise, and some argue that this is because of...

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