“Jury by Her Peers” and “No Name Woman”

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Comparative Literature Female Representation Stories : “JURY BY HER PEERS” and “NO NAME WOMAN” Comparative literature is the study of two or more literature with different cultural, linguistic or nation states. The texts can be compared as in their similarities or differences and viewed in an international perspective rather than studying the literature of a single national tradition. In order to analyse the comparative literature, I have selected two short stories which are “The Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell and “No Name Woman” by Maxine Hong Kingston. “A Jury of Her Peers” is an early feminist literature because two female characters are able to solve a mystery that the male characters cannot, aided by their knowledge of women’s psychology. The story begins when a farmer, John Wright, had been found strangled to death by a rope while sleeping in his bed, with his wife. His wife, Minnie Foster, has been arrested, jailed, and accused of the murder. The next day, the sheriff and his wife, Mr and Mrs Peter, together with the country attorney and the Wrights’ neighbors, Mr and Mrs Hale went to the Wright house, seeking evidence that might convict the accused. The men came up empty. However, the women, more penetrating in their vision, they piece together the sort of married life Mrs. Wright had lived. Following up on a series of clues, the women manage to reconstruct Minnie Wright’s motive. In silent collusion, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters choose not to disclose the clues that reveal the motive, thereby constituting themselves as a jury and tacitly acquitting Minnie of any wrongdoing. “No Name Woman” is an autobiography written by Maxine Hong Kingston relates how on the night when her aunt gave birth to an illegitimate child. The people of the Chinese village in which the aunt and her family lived ransacked the family's house, killed all of their
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