A Jury Of Her Peers And The Dramatic Adaptation Of Trifles Essay

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If you had just murdered your spouse, would your first concern be of your canned cherries? A comparison of the short story “ A Jury of Her Peers” and the dramatic adaptation of Trifles can start with the many similarities. The setting is well defined in both, as the story takes place in Dickson County, Nebraska. This is in the farm belt of the United States, with all of the characters lives revolving around the rural atmosphere in the early part of the 1900’s. The season is cold and wintry, symbolic of the ill-fated marriage. In both works, Glaspell uses both dialogue and symbolism to reject sexist notions of women’s powerlessness.

In both works, Glaspell artfully uses characterization and conflict to emphasize the fact that gender bias is destructive to marital relationships. The main characters in both works identify several different combinations of such relationships. The next-door neighbors, the Hale’s, are a husband and wife, both middle aged with children. In “Peers” there is much insight into Mrs. Hales’ true feelings for her husband. It states that she wishes that when her husband is questioned about the murder, that he would just tell it like it is (679). In the past, he had a tendency to get mixed up on the story and she’s nervous for him, more like a mother. In comparison, in Trifles, this detail is emphasized through his long-winded childlike ramblings, which fall on the ear rather like those of a three year old. It’s not surprising Mrs. Hale seems to be…

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