A Jury Of Her Peers Essay

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A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell.

This story was from the point of view of Mrs. Hale. It is in third person, although we hear mostly Mrs. Hale’s thoughts. I would consider this a drama. The story was about a man that was murdered (John Wright) by his wife, and how her friends judged her guilty in their minds, before she even went to trial. Mrs. Wright hung and murdered her husband because he killed her bird, which was very precious to her. When Mrs. Wright was questioned by Mr. Hale, and the police, she lied about what she did. Mr. Hale had went to Mr. Wright’s house to try to get him to buy a telephone, but instead he found Mr. Wright dead, and Mrs. Wright sitting in a rocking chair calmly. When the sheriff heard of the news,
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Wright’s behavior was not that unusual because seeing that type of behavior would mean a person is in shock. I was given the impression that the story took place in a small town where everyone knows everyone when Mrs. Hale thought to herself, “this man was so pleasant and lively with all of them was going to the Wrights house now as a sheriff” (Glaspell, 19) It was obvious before this particular incident, she did not think of Mr. Peters as a sheriff, but more as a friend. I found the story contradictory when Mrs. Hale described Mrs. Peters as meek, “She was small, and thin, and didn’t have a strong voice,” yet, the narrator described her as speaking up because she thought that women should have the chance to be heard, when she said, “The country’s not very pleasant this time of year” (Glaspell, 19). In addition, Mrs. Peters stick up for herself by saying she was not cold when she could have just as easily went by the fire as Mr. Henderson told her to do (Glaspell, 190). The point of the story, and title was that people were talking about someone who was suspected of a murder and they already convicted her in their minds, and did not give her benefit of a dought. Mrs. Wright was a neighbor of theirs, but they did not show much compassion for

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