Opinions of Perception

             Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers” (repr. in Thomas R. Arp, and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature: Structure Sound, and Sense, 8th ed. [Fort Worth; Harcourt, 2002] 406) is a very contrasting presentation of the opinions and the perceptions that men and women have when faced with the same situations. The evidence and motive of Mr. Wright’s death are all present. How the men and the women looked at the situation and decided the evidence and the motive was based on their ideas of guilt.
             The women characters in “A Jury of Her Peers” are quiet, looked down upon, and are to be kept in their place as women and nothing more. When the women arrived at the Wrights with their husbands and the county attorney they proceeded to look at the situation of how Mrs. Wright’s life was as a young girl and how she had changed as she had grown older with Mr. Wright. Mrs. Hale shared some of the younger years of Mrs. Wright’s life with the sheriff’s wife, Mrs. Peters as the county attorney rambled through the kitchen making remarks about the cleaning and then finding the preserves frozen and burst in the cabinet. “Here’s a nice mess,” he said resentfully (412). Mrs. Peters looked at Mrs. Hale for sympathetic understanding and said, “Oh—her fruit” (412). She turned back to the county attorney and explained: “She worried about that when it turned cold last night. She said that the fire would go out and her jars might burst” (412). When the men left to look for evidence and a motive the women are left alone to collect the things that they are taking to Mrs. Wright. They found her sewing and decided to take some of it to her and found the dead canary. The canary had been strangled just like Mr. Wright. Mrs. Hale told Mrs. Peters how Mrs. Wright had loved to sing until she married Mr. Wright. Both women could feel the pain that Mrs. Wright had endured all these years. They never

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