The Gender Roles in “A Jury of her Peers” In “A Jury of her Peers” Mrs. Hale and the sheriff’s wife are asked to assist the sheriff in finding clues or possible motives for the murder investigation of Mrs. Wright’s husband. But because the setting takes place in the conservative times of the early nineteen hundreds the women are treated as if they do not have the ability to find or understand any clues that might be in the house. Which is ironic because the men tell them to keep their eyes open to any clues, yet the clues they come up with are mocked. Because the story is narrated in omniscient point of view the audience gets to understand the women’s thinking about the clues they find and how their role in that period of time contributes to the answers they come up with. Which ultimately lead the women to hide critical evidence from the men because they wouldn’t understand anyways.
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
“Trifles” is a one act play that tells the tale of a group of women and men who seek clues in a tragic case of a confined woman suspected of murdering her husband. In “Trifles”, Susan Glaspell explores law and justice through a feminist and modernist perspective, as well as creates a dichotomy of perception.
Marlee Matlin Marlee Beth Matlin was born on August 24, 1965 to Don and Libby Matlin in Morton Grove, Illinois. Her father was a used-car salesman, and her mother sold jewelry. Marlee was the youngest of three children. At the age of 18 months, she lost all hearing in her right ear, and 80% of her hearing in her left ear. In her autobiography, she says that she originally thought that Roseola Infantum caused her deafness, until she learned that the illness doesn’t lead to deafness.
In the play, the two women – Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale- who are only brought along with the sheriff and attorney to retrieve some items for a wife – Mrs. Wright/ Minnie foster- accused for killing her husband –Mr. Wright, are the ones who actually find the evidence to indict the accused. In trifles, the title is ironic as the reader sees what is silly and "trifle" to men, is the key for solving the murder. In a general look at Trifles, a reader can figure right away the roles given to women in that era. Women's roles were mainly reproductive and briefly social.
Unit 3 Project Gloria Allred Gloria Allred is a famous Discrimination Lawyer/Feminist Lawyer in the nation today. She was born July 3, 1941 an only child in a working class home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. with honors in English from University of Pennsylvania, has a M.A. from New York University and her J.D.
The Justice of Women “A Jury of Her Peers”, by Susan Glaspell, shows two women solving a murder because of their ability to pay attention to little details. Their husbands, who are important men in a small town, by ignoring women’s “trifles” – pans, dirty towels, sewing baskets – are not able to solve the case and even so the men mock the details observed by the women. While women talk about small details like dirty towels and sewing baskets, the men laugh at them and do not see the evidences. The female characters find the strangled bird, killed in the same way as the deceased (John Wright). The strangled bird symbolizes the miserable life of Mrs. Wright because she did not have kids, she possibly treated the bird as her child to sign
The wife of farmer Wright has apparently strangled her husband in bed with a rope. The police, unwilling to buy her story that her husband was strangled in the night alongside her and she didn’t wake up, begin to put together the pieces but are missing major factors. They have the murder weapon, and the only known suspect, but they’re unable to discover a motive for the crime. Mr. Hale & the police, having brought the women along for information and to gather a few things from the house for Mrs. Wright’s departure to prison, leave them to gather Mrs. Wright’s things whilst they further survey the crime scene. It is during the girls’ searching of the Wright household and their discussions about the Wright family do they discover a possible motive.
Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale decide to hide the evidence and the men are unable to find any evidence from the murder. Before the first dialogue the entrance of each character demonstrates and highlights the superior and firm outlooks of the men. The women are given weak physical and emotional features “the two women—the Sheriff's Wife first; she is a slight wiry woman, a thin nervous face. Mrs. Hale is larger and would ordinarily be called more comfortable looking, but she is disturbed now and looks fearfully about as she enters.” The men unlike the women are buddle up and go straight to the stove with no nervous feelings except keeping warm near the oven. The men cause the women to defend not only Mrs. Wright by their comments “Well, women are used to worrying over trifles” but they also defend themselves and how they are observed.
Ashley Howard Eng 1102 Professor David Norman December 10, 2012 Symbolism Of Trifles In Susan Glaspell's, "Trifles," symbolism is used to emphasize the meaning of the play. Glaspell writes of a woman who murdered her husband because he was to blame for her cold and lonely life. The women character's in the play, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, solve the murder, while the men, the county attorney and sheriff, wonder about trying to figure it out. Glaspell used symbolism as clues to the murderer's motive that only the women were able to figure out, and in turn kept the motive of the murderer a secret due to the bond of women. Male domination in 1916, when Susan Glaspell’s play Trifles was written, was the way of life.