A Comparison of Two Short Stories
The two short stories used in this comparison are “ A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell and The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty. Both stories deal with killing and death. Why would anyone want to kill another human being no matter what the reason? I will show the similarities and differences in the characters motivation for killing, the settings in which the killing takes place and the plots of each story.
The characters motivation between the two stories is different, yet each character ends up killing a family member for diverse reasons. In these two stories the characters kill because they each made that choice. They didn’t really have to kill anyone. In “ A Jury of Her Peers” Minnie Wrights motivation for killing her husband was to escape her feelings of isolation and loneliness. Minnie was once a young woman who was pleasant, loveable, and friendly young woman. But after she got married, she became unhappy, lonely, and unfriendly. Her problems of isolation and loneliness were represented by several changes in her behavior. Two major changes were in her quilting and her birds care. Her quilting when it was noticed that all her squares were sewn neatly except for one. Then the birdcage when it looked like it was dealt with in a very rough manner and the bird found dead in a piece of silk. In “ The Sniper” the protagonist who was a Republican sniper gave few physical characteristics and very little insight of his personality only by describing the look in his eyes. At one point you would have thought he was a risk taker; this is shown when he makes the decision to smoke a cigarette even though he knows it is too risky. He also seemed to be intelligent because after lighting his cigarette shots were fired from the roof next to him. He remained calm and determined to complete his mission before the sun rose. In which he did by using trickery.
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