The Gender Roles in "A Jury of Her Peers"

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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. The setting, characters, and clues all contribute to the theme of gender roles of men and women in this short story. A big contributor of the theme of “A Jury of her Peers” is the setting in which the story takes place. Being that the story takes place in the early nineteen hundreds, the women are not seen as helpful. The women are kept in their domain, the kitchen, throughout the entire story because that is where men believed the women should be. When the county attorney asks the sheriff about any clues that could be in the kitchen he responds with “nothing here but kitchen things.” (p. 187) Although the sheriff claims to need the women’s assistance in finding clues, he completely dismisses the idea that the kitchen could hold any valuable information because it is a women’s place. When the women notice Mrs. Wright’s preserves have burst in the cabinet and then express sorrow for Mrs. Wright the men laugh, and the narrator zooms in on the division between men and women by telling

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