A Jury Of Her Peers Essay

1036 Words Jun 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Savannah Jacobs
Ms. Manning
ENG 110-800
13 June 2016
A Jury of Her Peers: Historical Analysis When Susan Glaspell originally wrote “A Jury of Her Peers” in 1917, men’s views of women’s intelligence and capabilities were not seen through the same light as they are today. Because women were seen as the lesser sex, there was little education provided to them prohibiting their escape from the bottom of the societal food chain. Glaspell took a huge leap of faith by publishing “A Jury of Her Peers” since it goes against the common ways of society in America during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Through her feminist and liberal ways of writing; Glaspell allowed attention to be brought to the patriarchal ways of society and humor and hope to all women who read this story. Glaspell wrote “A Jury of Her Peers” to highlight a murder of John Hossack on December 1st, 1900. Just like Mr. Wright, John Hossack was found dead in his bed (“John Hossack”). When Glaspell read the story in the newspaper she felt sympathy for the wife of this man due to the extreme patriarchal ways of society during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s (“About the Author -- Susan Glaspell”). In her retelling of the murder, Glaspell reveals the male dominated society in “A Jury of Her Peers” by the way the Mr. Peters, Mr. Hale, and the county attorney make snide comments such as “…women are used to worrying over trifles” and scoffing at the “insignificance of kitchen things” (Glaspell). The men overlook the…

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