A Jury of Her Peers

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“A Jury of Her Peers” Essay Most people who read “A Jury of Her Peers” see Minnie Foster as the criminal, but if looked at closely she is really the victim. Minnie Foster is represented as a victim in Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers” mainly because the male gender is ungrateful and rude towards the female gender. Minnie Foster’s husband was known to be lifeless, to have a dull personality, and to be ungrateful to Minnie Foster. Do these traits that Mr. Wright obtains make Minnie Foster’s crime justified? The way that the men behaved is shown when the attorney said, “but would the women know a clue if they did come upon it?” (pg. 6) This quote is an example of how women are treated like they are nothing compared to the men. A comment is also made about how dirty the house is. With this remark Mrs. Hale says, “There’s a great deal of work to be done on a farm.” (pg. 5) The men act very ungrateful about all the duties that women have on a farm. They all expect Minnie Foster’s house to be perfectly clean, and give her a hard time for it not being clean. Mrs. Wright’s fruit that probably took a long time to grow are referred to as “trifles” (pg. 5), showing again zero respect for all that the women did. Minnie Foster is also a victim of marital oppression. Mr. Wright is portrayed as one who sucked all the personality out of Minnie Foster. This is one of the main reasons why people believe that Minnie Foster killed her husband. However, it seems that the thing that drove Minnie Foster the most to kill her husband was the death of her singing bird. From the text, it is believed that Mr. Wright is the one to hold responsible for the death of Minnie Foster’s bird. The bird is a symbol in this story, it simply symbolizes Minnie Foster. The thing is, is that Minnie Foster and Mrs. Wright are 2 completely different people. Minnie Foster symbolizes
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