American Lit, 1915-Present (2005)

3 Feb 2005
Glaspell, ''A Jury of Her Peers''

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After reading this story I found it to be somewhat disturbing, a woman killing her husband and two other women covering for her, I mean, it's kind of shady. But after thinking about it and talking about it I came to a new understanding about it. In the time that this story was written the role of women was completely different than it is today. My first thought was "Why did she have to kill him, why not just leave him?" But in those days it was not that easy. If a woman was dissatisfied with her marriage/husband it was simply not practical to divorce him. Mrs. Wright would not have had any money of her own and most women did not seek jobs but relied on their husbands to support them financially. Not only that, divorce was not as common as it is today, it just wasn't the thing to do. So most women just put up with bad relationships. Upon realizing this I could almost empathize with Mrs. Wright. The other women in the story could understand this too. It is interesting that the women in the story are constantly mocked by the men for their sensitivity and lack of "sensibility", passed off as mindless when it comes to important matters. However it is this sensitivity and attention to detail that led them to the evidence, the canary. They found what men couldn't because men don't understand women the way women understand women. I also enjoyed the symbolism between the canary and Mrs. Wright.

Posted by: Mary Anderson at February 1, 2005 11:46 PM