Essay about Susan Glaspell 's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Although “A Jury of Her Peers” (1916) by Susan Glaspell was written almost one hundred years prior to “The Mayor Meets an American Princess” (2010) by Teresa Stores, similarities between the two works exist. Both stories feature characters that develop and shift out of their gender roles by the end of each story. With “A Jury of Her Peers” (1916), the character of Mrs. Peters changes out of her role as a traditional woman by the end of the story. And with “The Mayor Meets an American Princess” (2010) the narrator is the one to change, but the transformation is not as drastic as Mrs. Peters’ because the narrator did not fit into her gender role from the beginning. Mrs. Peters is a character in Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers” (1916). Although the main character, Martha Hale, says that “she didn’t seem like a sheriff’s wife” (Glaspell, 1916, p. 33). Martha Hale continued to describe Mrs. Peters by saying, “She was small and thin and didn’t have a strong voice” (Glaspell, 1916, p. 33); but according to society’s standards, Mrs. Peters exemplifies typical female qualities. Women who are taller or heavier will feel the pressure to make themselves smaller. Women are also encouraged to stay silent or at the very least have a soft speaking voice (Fox, 1997). Mrs. Peters is married to the sheriff who was described as noisier and lively-“a heavy man with a loud voice” (Glaspell, 1916, p. 33) which possibly made Mrs. Peters take a subservient role. She did not feel the need to…

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