February 01, 2005

A Jury of Her Peers

I think that this story was written extremely well and it was my favorite out of the three of them. The way Mrs. Wright acted when questioned about her husband and her reaction when telling Hale that he was dead surprised me. When someone dies even if you did do it you would have some emotion to show about it but she does not and speaks very calmly. I think that is a very scary thought, to know someone is dead and have no reaction to it. I think it was very strange that she was in jail (I think) and the women were gathering clothing that she wanted to wear that was in her house. Also how they started to move things and clean a little bit, that is pretty much a crime scene and they were tampering with it, even the sheriff's wife. One thing that I still don't understand even after looking over it again is the significance of the bird. Maybe that is a clue to what actually happened. The bird had a neck that appeared to be wrung and the husband had a rope around his neck, so they kind of died the same way. This could be a major hint to who really killed her husband, her. They never exactly say that she did it but they hint that she did and the only thing that they can't figure out is why. I think that the ending of the story though is very strange. I never would have expected the story to end in them talking about whether what she was doing is called quilting or knotting. I don't really think that it matters too much right now when someone is murdered and you have to punish the one who did it. Why could they not tell her that her fruit was all gone except for that one jar, did it really matter that much to her, especially at this time? This was a very good short story and I enjoyed reading it.

Posted by StephanieWatson at February 1, 2005 09:29 PM | TrackBack

I'm glad you noticed the connection between the husband and the bird.

The law does say that one must punish the guilty, but why then do the women conceal the evidence? What's your take on their actions -- were they moral or immoral in doing what they did?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 2, 2005 06:05 PM

Ooo, you mentioned so many things that I remember talking about in EL150 last year! I'm so anxious to talk about this in class... Keep thinking about the rope and the birdie's neck. I remember something about that.

Posted by: Karissa at February 2, 2005 06:38 PM
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