Susan Glaspell's Analysis

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This feministic classic entails a jury of female peer 's intervention with justice. Critics believe this Tale was based on a real murder trial in which female Jurors were not allowed to serve. This commentary on the surface, can be viewed as a simple detective story, but can unravel into deeper meaning. From the text, I derived that the Men in the story viewed their wives as weaker figures in the household, but this commentary showcases their power in numbers. The men in this story are unknowingly deceived by their wives, ultimately missing the clues to the murder. The following will delve into the logic of sexism, classism, and discriminatory behavior which ultimately left a man dead, and another getting away with murder.

The unjust behavior
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As woman during this time period were left to do tedious tasks such as knitting and cleaning which are meticulous task and require attention to detail; you would think they would make better detectives. This story proves that they do, when Minnie ultimately gets away with murder. As Glaspell sheds light on the gender differences, you can begin to comprehend the reasons behind the woman’s rebellion. You can derive the accusation when Ms. Peters say, "Well, can you beat the women! Held for murder, and worrying about her preserves!" (Glaspell 264) Mr. Peters also implies that all women worry about such trivial things as preserves even when faced with life-threatening situations such as being accused of murder. Mr. Hale goes on to fuel this clear stereotype as he proclaims, "Women are used to worrying over trifles.”(Glaspell 264) which is ironic in itself.

As the men become critics of their sex throughout the commentary, the woman start to experience anger, especially Martha Hale. For example, the scenario where the men have criticized the woman for their inattention to details, Martha has to unchain "herself from something strange," from my interpretation, they imply that her anger is "something strange," which she feels as these men clearly judge and ridicule all women (Glaspell 266). This scenario is one of the many examples of the tension between genders that are riddled throughout the
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Wright to kill her husband. Mr. Hale states, "But would the women know a clue if they did come upon it?" (Glaspell 266). This disturbing remark suggests that women are too stupid and worry about trivial things to notice a clue when they see one.

In conclusion, a prejudice way of thinking is in no way innovative towards society. This way of thinking allowed a murder to prevail in the fog prejudice. The commentary simulated what would occur in a situation of peers of the same gender very well during a time of prejudice. Irony from the text suggested the complete opposite of most the men’s preconceived notions on what a woman what role a woman was supposed to play. We can learn from stories such as these to open our eyes and to see a person’s character and intelligence rather from their genetic makeup, whether it be gender or skin

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