Isolation In Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. Through out life in this crazy mind ridden world, people find themselves isolated. Isolation rears its ugly head in various forms and can often be unexpected. Whether it be personal gain unachieved, or conflicts of love or hate, people deal with this sort of abandonment. Self created or felt from another persons doing, this separation of ones being must be dealt with. Life comes with its misfortunes. Isolation and abandonment alongside poverty; all battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the memorable heroes. Mary Helen Washington, a novelist and a critic, quoted that in reading the story, “A Jury of Her Peers”, written by Susan Glaspell, possess “a tremendous sense of…isolation” (Penfield 87). This short story offers a real sense of its dramatic dialogue, describing the very nature of isolation and its eerie sense, dwelling in several scenarios throughout this story. Glaspell sets off with the muddled feeling of the house where the murder investigations take place, the so called…show more content…
Hale. John Wright doesn’t seem to be a happy fellow. Not much is said about this character, however; an overwhelming feeling of hatred and meanness radiates from him. Its as if he stiffens the very air he stood in. this very discontent feeling would further add to the very isolation the Glaspell is trying to portray. How is anyone to feel connected when they much live with a foul personality? “He was a hard man” (Glaspell 181); “Like a raw wind that gets to the bone” (Glaspell 181). He gave his wife a dispirited sense of being. She probably felt smothered by his bleak nature and with the fact that the farmhouse was too isolated for anyone to want to visit, Mrs. Wright was left alone. Mr. Wright was found slumped in his bed, a rope slipped around his neck and wrung; his breath smothered from his
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