Characterization In Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Maintaining the reader’s attention can be strengthen when an author uses detailed characterization within their story. Susan Glaspell did an excellent job at doing this within her story, “A Jury of Her Peers.” Characterization is the process of telling the reader information about the characters in a direct or indirect form. Characterization within this story becomes clearer as the story progresses. One of the characters is introduced as the story begins with Mrs. Hale. With her thoughts and movements throughout the story, you begin to focus your attention as her as the main character. However, the central character of this story is not directly presented in the beginning, and therefore, the reader is not able to fully understand her until…show more content…
It is when they find the dead bird that they had solved the mystery. Through their thought patterns, it can be assumed that the killing of this bird signified the killing of something of greater importance to Minnie Foster that she held close to her heart. According to the women’s thinking, she acted on her inner feelings in the end which led to the murder of her husband. Although the women discovered this significant piece of information, when confronted and given the opportunity to come forth to the men in the story, as the ‘jurors’ and peers of Minnie Wright they contained the information to themselves. The women in this story were only detailed and brought to the forefront to later symbolize the character of Minnie Foster. Out of all the detailed clues that were left in Minnie Foster’s house, those big and small, the women were able to put an image in the reader’s mind of what may have occurred when John Wright was murdered. Since neither woman came forth with the evidence that could have sealed the verdict of this mystery, they can be labeled as Minnie Foster’s jury. Being that they were her peers also, one person can assume is the reason they held onto the criminating information for Minnie Foster’s own

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