What are the exposition, conflict, antagonist, protagonist, complications, crisis, climax, and conclusion of the story?

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Exposition: We follow Mrs. Hale from her kitchen to Mrs. Wright's kitchen.  We are introduced to the men and the focus of their murder investigation, and we are introduced to the women who are simply waiting around.

Conflict: It's two-fold.  First, it's woman vs. man in terms of Mrs. Wright's suspected murdering of Mr. Wright.  Then, its women vs. society in terms of the women's decision to investigate the crimes for themselves.

Antagonist: Psychologically, it's men and their patriarchal systems of justice.  Character-wise, it's Mr. Wright (pun intended).  He cages his wife, turning her from a song-bird to a passive domestic servant.

Protagonist: It's clearly Mrs. Hale.  The story begins with her, and it is her decision to convince the other women to suppress the evidence in the kitchen.  She is the story's feminist hero.

Complication/Crisis: The women uncover the dead bird and the frazzled sewing of Mrs. Wright.  This is subtle yet damning evidence that she committed the murder as revenge against his treatment of her and his killing of her bird.

Climax: Mrs. Hale's decision to suppress the evidence.

Conclusion: Mrs. Hale's convincing the other women to suppress the evidence as well, and the men not discovering any traces of evidence in the kitchen or on the faces of the women.

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