Post marriage, she had to spin a new herself, which was unlike her. They get a couple more minutes alone, and Mrs. GradeSaver, 25 January 2019 Web. Minnie Wright revealed that John was home, but that Mr. This is demonstrated in the text when Mr. The setting is a place called Dickson County, though no state is specified.
The following details incriminate Minnie: it seems far-fetched that she could sleep through a brutal murder that occurred inches from her, and her emotional reactions laughter and fear show her to be agitated. We have to keep in mind that she had written the story at a time when women were not seen in the same light as men. Quotes such as these appear throughout the story, and although they appear to be innocent details, as the story develops they become central key points, as it seems to be a characteristic manner directly opposite that of Minnie Wright. Peters says--it looks bad for her. The fact of the matter is that Mrs. Hale knew that there were unfinished tasks in the kitchen, which the men did not notice.
The women in the story are not given first names, and are referred to only as Mrs. The sexism of the setting and time period is also established. Why do we know—what we. The men in the story who headed significant roles like that of lawmen also looked down upon women, in this case their own wives, and of course Minnie Wright. They find a quilt Minnie had been working on; most of the stitches are neat, but the latest sewing is haphazard.
Peters and the country attorney George Henderson. Hale, who was a neighbor of the Wrights. Hale said he was going to contact the coroner, and Minnie did not respond. Her mind was occupied with endless misery and resent. As the men search other areas of the house, the women stay in the kitchen. The group stopped to pick up her husband, Lewis Hale, but the sheriff, Henry Peters, asked that Martha Hale come along as well to accompany his wife, Mrs. Aided by memories and their own lifestyles the women realize their ties to a woman held for murder, Minnie Foster Wright.
She was released as there was insufficient evidence for her to be convicted. Apparently, during the period when Susan Glaspell wrote this short story, women were good as voiceless. Even this is minor, as most of what is revealed of Mrs. She loved to dream and pursue the same. Hale enters the Wright house for the first time, realizing that though she knew Minnie Foster as a girl, she has not visited her in twenty years.
Peters drew nearer--then turned away. But because the women are able to empathize with Minnie, they hide the bird and believe the crime may have been justified. When they spoke now it was as if they were afraid of what they were saying, but as if they could not help saying it. Hale supposed that canary birds are singing birds and are good companions against loneliness. Items such as the canary who lives in a cage, the. In this short story, how women felt was of no matter. That look of seeing into things, of seeing through a thing to something else, was in the eyes of the sheriff's wife now.
Within the story, the men investigated the house to find evidence from the crime. We left in such a hurry yesterday. Hale tells his story to all and they begin inspecting the house for evidence. Hale's hand was on the sewing basket in which the box was concealed. Hale's mind, with a stab, that this man who was so pleasant and lively with all of them was going to the Wrights' now as a sheriff. Hale to come over to the Wright place and tell the county attorney his story there, where he could point it all out.
Then she too pulled back. In the end, all is revealed as Mrs. In this way, the play and short story are implicitly linked to one another. The women struggle to decide where their loyalty rests and the fate of a fellow woman. Hale snatches the box and puts it in her pocket. Let's go through a brief summary of the plot before diving into some analysis of how setting and characters work in the story. She was inspired to write this story when she investigated in the homicide of John Hossack, a prosperous county warren who had been killed in his sleep 1.
At no stage is either woman taken seriously by any of the men. She had to become an unsocial housewife whose lone motive was to respect and obey her husband. From the same paragraph we see that life was Wright expected that Minnie provide the type of living she was provided in childhood but he was unwilling or unable to provide the equipment to do so. While personally disagreeing with the interpretive outcome… 1505 Words 7 Pages Municipal Report and Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers In? Hale did not like the sight of that pencil. I shouldn't say she had the home-making instinct. Peters is going along to gather some belongings for Mrs. She used to sing real pretty herself.
I knew they must be up--it was past eight o'clock. Minnie Foster is just like the trapped bird in the cage because she was trapped in a bad marriage. Minnie simply said she was sleeping when it happened and heard nothing. George Henderson asks the women to keep their eyes open for any clues, but Mr. The sheriff followed the county attorney into the other room.