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A Jury of Her Peers

by Susan Glaspell
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Who is the major character?

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I would actually make the argument that Mrs. Hale and Peters are probably the main characters in the work.  I think this because it is through them that so much of Glaspell's ideas and our own understanding is revealed.  Minnie Wright is the focus of the survey into guilt, but I think that the manner in which this is done is probably as significant as the act itself.  Both women engage in greater investigative techniques that are more vaild than the authority figures who denigrate women's efforts in this realm as being trivial and illogical.  The fact that the women talk things over, analyzing the problem from different points of view, offering several versions or alternate visions of the crime helps them to actually figure out what happened that night.  In the end, I say that the women chatting are probably the main characters because it is through them that the reader has a fuller understanding of what it is to be a woman and the challenges it holds.

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