Gender Roles In Susan Glaspell's Jury Of Her Peers

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Are women capable of murdering their husbands? This impression is made by the characters in the “Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, which explains Minnie Wright killing her husband in his sleep and “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, which Mary killing her husband in the spur of the moment and using her innocence to get away with it. Although the stories take place in different areas, they both express the theme of male unawareness to women’s importance and differences in gender roles. In "Jury of Her Peers", Minnie Wright, an attractive woman, was married to John Wright. Minnie lived a life of isolation in her farmhouse. Her appearance changed, “It came into Mrs. Hale 's mind that that rocker didn 't look in the least like Minnie Foster-- the Minnie …show more content…
Maloney is 6 months pregnant. She is a submissive wife and loved her husband who is a police detective, very much. “She loved him for the way he sat loosely in a chair, for the way he came in a door, or moved slowly across the room with long strides…” (Dahl 1). The difference between Mary and Minnie is that Minnie felt isolated and alone but Mary was happy with her marriage but her husband had other ideas. One day, Mary’s husband came home and asked for a divorce. Of course, Mary was shocked and “her first instinct was not to believe any of it, to reject it all” (Dahl 2). Her whole body felt numb, “she couldn 't feel anything at all -- except a slight nausea and a desire to vomit (Dahl 2).” Mary insisted on making dinner, so she pulled a frozen lamb leg and she “swung the big frozen leg of lamb high in the air and brought it down as hard as she could on the back of his head”. When she realized she killed and decided to act normal by going grocery shopping and showing how Patrick will love the big slice of cheesecake. When she returned home, she faked cried and acts as if she did not kill her husband. Mary was underestimated and shown as weak as a

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