Men vs. Women in "A Jury of Her Peers" Term Paper

Men vs. Women in "A Jury of Her Peers"
A review of Susan Glaspell's portrayal of men and women in "A Jury of Her Peers".
# 153731 | 1,420 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013
Published on Nov 25, 2013 in Literature (American)

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The paper discusses how Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" is full of intense tensions of looming violence and also analyzes how irony is used to contrast men and women's instincts and perceptions. The paper shows how Glaspell highlights the acuity of women when they found the clues in the ordinary home-based items which men shrugged off as insignificant in the investigation. Furthermore, the paper shows how Glaspell portrays how women communicate in a away that they understand each other. The paper clearly demonstrates how Glaspell argues that women have been psychologically and sociologically devalued.

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"Glaspell's story is generally about a farmer by the name John Wright is strangulated to death and left on the bed and his wife is apprehended for the homicide. While the story's general story is to come up with Minnie Wright's motive for killing Mr. Wright, Glaspell gives the sheriff's wife and Mrs. Hale the neighbor the spotlight so as to air her perspective of the underrated capacity of women.
"A Jury of Her Peers" is full of intense tensions of looming violence. There are no trappings of the general view of a violent scenario as our minds depict such as see blood, torture screaming or dead bodies. Instead, this story describes a context where quilting, canning, chauvinism and pet canaries are the order of the day. The psychological tautness depicted in the story is almost unbearable. To a large extent this tension references to how the two genders view and perceive the world differently. By a large part, Glaspell uses irony to contrast how males and females are instinctively different. This contrast ends with exemplification of Minnie case which led coming up with a fair judgment owing to the superior intuition, acuity and communication displayed by her fellow women hence the name "a jury of her peers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Glaspell, Susan. "A Jury of Her Peers." L~fted Masks and Other Works. Ed. Eric S. Rabkin. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan p, 1993.

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