Hale defends the housewife, noting how much work there is to do on a farm and blaming the dirt on "men's hands. Wright's life in the farmhouse:
Glaspell illustrates how this highly stereotypical role can create oppression for women and also bring harm to men as well. Character names are very important in A Jury of her Peers.
The two characters, John and Minnie Wright, are the focus of the story. The name Minnie has significant symbolism.
Minnie is derived from mini or minimized, which was very descriptive of her oppressed relationship with John and also the male insensitivity toward most women in society. Women taking their husband's last names is also very significant in the story. The women in the story are not given first names, and are referred to only as Mrs.
The role that society has cast upon them is defined by their husbands. Peters, who is married to the sheriff, is viewed in those terms. Peter, the county attorney, says "for that matter a sheriff's wife is married to the law" glaspell She reinforces that identity until she is faced with the brutality of what John Wright did to Minnie.
She says "I know what stillness is. The law has got to punish Crime, Mrs. The difference is she is talking about the crime committed against Minnie, not the murder of John by Minnie. The Rocking chair is another important symbol in the story.
The chair symbolizes the absent Minnie Wright. The rocking chair "was dingy, with wooden rungs up the back, and the middle rung was gone, and the chair sagged to one side" glaspellwhich was not anything like Mrs. Hale used to remember it being. Hale also speaks of Minnie Foster, Foster being her maiden name, "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" glaspell Hale then says "how-she- did-change" The rocking chair had depreciated over the years just like Minnie Foster, but Minnie Foster's change was due to John's abuse which denied her individuality and imprisoned her in a stereotype that was mentally debilitating.
This ultimately led Minnie to kill John and escape the abuse.
Other significant symbols in the story are the bird and the birdcage. Hale describes Minnie, before her marriage, as "kind of like a bird herself-real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and fluttery" glaspell The bird is caged just as Minnie is trapped in the abusive relationship with John.A Jury of her peers Setting: The story takes place in the early s, probably between and The setting is a place called Dickson County, though no state is specified.
The setting is a place called Dickson County, though no state is specified. Susan Glaspell uses several powerful symbols in her short story "A Jury of Her Peers." When the attorney washes his hands in the kitchen sink, he remarks on the dirty roller towel, but Mrs.
Hale. A Jury of Her Peers Questions and Answers.
The Question and Answer section for A Jury of Her Peers is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Susan Glaspell’s short story, A Jury of Her Peers, was written long before the modern women’s movement began, yet her story reveals, through Glaspell’s use of symbolism, the role that women are expected to play in society.
(read full symbol analysis) Canning Jars of Fruit Minnie Wright ’s concern over the canning jars of fruit symbolizes her parallel concerns about her gender role in society as a wife and housekeeper. In the story, "A Jury of Her Peers" written by Susan Glaspell, Minnie Wright is accused of murder of her husband.
While the sheriff and other men are looking in the room upstairs for some evidence of a crime, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters not only find the evidence the men overlook, but start wondering /5(6).