A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell

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What is the main theme in the story "A Jury of Her Peers"?

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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 combining what they know of Minnie and John with the clues they find in the house, they determine that she doesn't deserve to be punished. Her punishment was having to live with her husband, and she's already served it. His crime was abusing his wife, and his murder is a fair punishment.

The nature of the case would be straightforward in a traditional court. John killed her pet, so Minnie murdered him. His actions would not constitute a serious crime, and she would be punished for murder. However, Martha and Mrs. Peters don't see things that way. They both relate to Minnie. Martha had a kitten that was killed by a boy when she was a child. Mrs. Peters experienced a time when she was isolated and alone while raising children. They're both able to relate to what Minnie was going through.

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