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A Jury of Her Peers
Temperance Edwardson 20 February 2014
Transcript of A Jury of Her Peers
Mr. Wright was killed by his wife Minnie (Foster)Wright in his sleep with a rope around his neck. When Mrs. Hale asked Mrs.Wright if John was home and she had replied that he was dead. So everyone consider that she killed him because she was the only one there in the bed with him and everything pointed to her. She had even told how he was killed.
Why did Mrs. Foster Kill her Husband Mr. Wright
He was killed because he killed her bird. Where it made Mrs. Foster lose it. The bird was like a child to her since they did not have any kids that was something like that in a way. It would give some type of company to her. Until her husband killed it for all the noise so they fusing for it and he snapped the birds neck. So she did the same to him but with a rope.
Life During That Time
During that time women were bystanders. They had no type of say so. They had been in a different type of social group from men. They would get judge differently when it might have deal with law.
Why did Mrs. Hale thought it was her Fault
No she is not guilty of a crime she feels that she should have checked on her and see how she been doing. She feels that if she had went to go and visited her or to check on her she would have never been like this. Since she had never done that and her and Mrs. Foster were neighbors for twenty years.
A Jury of Her Peers
By Susan Glaspell
Who's Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell was born in 1876 in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Drake University and worked as a Journalist on a staff of the Des Moines Daily Magazine such as Harper's, and also The Ladies Home Journal. Then she gave up the newspaper business. Since Glaspell's writing has such a strongly feminist touch. She would write roles that women play, or are forced to play, in society and the relationships between men and women. Were in Jury of her peers the women listen to what there husband say. Also she took the Jury of her peers form a real investigation and made to here own into a women perspective.
1.At the time this story was published women were not entitled to vote or sit on juries. The title alludes to the concept in common law (encoded in Magna Carta, 1215) that an accused man has the right to be judged by his peers.Given these facts what ironies are suggested by the title and the decision reached by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters? Do they find that Mrs.Wright killed her husband? Do they judge her of guilty murder?'
2. In what various ways are
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters "peers" of Mrs. Wright?
3. What common assumptions about women are shared by the men in the story? How do they try to show that they do not think women to be their inferiors? How are their assumptions ironic?
4. Since no one seems to doubt that Mrs. Wright killed her husband (there are no other suspects, and she is already being held for the crime), how does this story create suspense?
5.Compare Mrs.Wright's motives for killing to Uncle Caesar's. Compare Major Caswell to Mr. Wright. Compare the decision made at the end by the narrator of "A Municipal Report" to that of Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters. How do these comparisons make the purposes of theses two stories clearer?
The Setting &Characters
Setting took place at the Wright's Place in Dickson County
What (and who) is responsible for the death of Mr. Wright?
Why was he killed?
Mrs. Hale in response to Mrs. Peters' assertion that "the law has got to punish crime", answers, "I wish you'd seen Minnie Foster when she wore a white dress with blue ribbons and stood up there in the choir and sang"; and she adds: "Oh,I wish I'd come over here once in a while!.. That was a Crime! Who's going to punish that?" (23). Is Mrs. Hale guilty of a crime? Why does she think she is?