Peters is swept into another memory of her deep loneliness in the quietness after the death of her first baby. They do not understand or wish to understand that men are the ones who organize the world in a way that relegates women to the private sphere—a sphere that is characterized by small, occasionally thankless or invisible tasks and trifles. Peters sees things more deeply than one might expect. Peters, the other female character, does not seem as strong as Mrs. A Jury of Her Peers During the 1900s, women are basically downgraded by men who does not understand the hard work that the women does in their everyday chores. They find a quilt Minnie had been working on; most of the stitches are neat, but the latest sewing is haphazard.
The county attorney looks at the birdcage, but the women say that the bird must have been long-since killed by the cat. She reinforces that identity until she is faced with the brutality of what John Wright did to Minnie. Over the years the roles that men and women play in society have been changed tremendously. This may be important as by introducing a sense of inequality into the story Glaspell may also be highlighting the inequality that existed between men and women at the time the story was published 1917 with many women being treated as inferior to men in a mainly male dominated society. Hale finds is not so much her own inaction as the neglect Mrs. If we weren't sympathetic to the women after witnessing the men belittle them and their roles, being placed in this feminine area pulls us more strongly to the women's side. Susan Glaspell received a degree in philosophy from Drake University.
This passage foreshadows the lack of predictability or standard sense underlying the case. Character names are very important in A Jury of her Peers. This is demonstrated in the text when Mr. Feminism The theme of a story is expressed in many different ways. The use of the noose, despite the presence of the more reliable gun, suggests that there is a personal or emotional logic to the particulars of the murder. The theme of incrimination is central to the story and very nuanced.
The door of the cage is broken, as if it was pulled apart. Peters finds an empty birdcage. This certainly is part of it, and women as allies will become a theme as the story progresses. Martha Hale snatched the box from the sheriffs wife, and ot it in the pocket of her big coat Just as the sheriff and county attorney came back into the kitchen. These two women will not only discover the evidence against her, but also judge the evidence. Wright the dead man's wife twenty years prior. Her instinctual response is to hide from the men something she knows is important, something she knows that they will use as evidence against Minnie without taking the time or care to understand its implications in terms of the awful life Minnie had been forced to live.
Hale proposes the idea of bringing the quilt along with the clothes to the jail, so that Minnie might have something to pass the time. The careful reader will hear these words as condescending and dismissive. Hale immediately hides the bird before the women have discussed what to do. Now Sheriff Peters and Henderson, the county attorney, have asked Mr. Hale returned downstairs, leaving everything untouched, and asked Minnie Wright if she knew who had murdered her husband. A Jury of Her Peers: Theme Analysis By: Leah Walker, Kailyn Donovan, and Devon Marrone Loneliness In the story, Mrs.
The men reappear, and George Henderson turns to the women, teasingly saying that at least they found out something: the way Minnie was planning to finish her quilt. It was like as if they did not really care about the murder. Lesson Summary In ''A Jury of Her Peers,'', Minnie Wright has killed her husband. It is because of this that they cover up Mrs. The use of names and the separation between men and women add to the theme of the story. This introduction to the sheriff and his wife draws attention to the male and female relationships—and the miscommunication therein—Gaspell explores throughout the story. This convinces the women that John killed the bird and that Minnie killed John in premeditated retribution.
The woman is not named because it is directed to all women and not just one. The men in most families were considered to be the winners in the household. Men are the bread winners, woman are supposed to cook and clean and listen to everything their husbands say. Therefore, ethos helped the author reveal the theme of oppression to the audience. Peters reacts to finding the dead bird on an emotional and personal level.
This is the decision Minnie had to make. Peters, and a friend, Martha Hale, find themselves feeling more and more empathy for Minnie. Arriving at the Wright home, the place strikes Mrs. In a moment of foreshadowing, the attorney mentions the possibility of the women finding a clue. So, she killed her husband for killing her.
Therefore cause and effect played an important role in helping the author reveal the theme of the story. The county lawyer George Henderson, the sheriff Henry Peters, his wife and the local farmer Lewis Hale and his wife Martha arrive at the home of John and Minnie Wright trying to locate clues so they could hold a trial and convict Minnie for the murder of her husband. The women find the one usable piece of evidence: the dead bird in the box. In fact, women had very few rights in society during that time. Peters, in a sudden burst of determination, tries to hide the dead bird in her handbag and is flustered as the bag is too small. It used to be that women were solely confined to house work, cooking, and taking care of their children.