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A Jury of Her Peers was originally written by Susan Glaspell as a play entitled Trifles She wrote the play in 1916 and a year later she rewrote it as a short story Glaspell was inspired to write the story while covering a murder investigation when she worked as a journalist for the Des Moines Daily News qtd in Annenberg The theme of the story the way men view the stereotypical role of women and the isolation created by society because of that view is revealed as the other women try to figure out Minnie Wrights motive for murdering her husband This story takes us back in time to a place in our history where men and women played very different roles in their lives In the end all is revealed as Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters discover Minnies motive by paying close attention to what the men consider trifles or the insignificant matters of women As the story opens we are introduced to Mrs Hale a farmers wife and immediately we see the high importance she places in keeping an organized household At first she seems to be the main character but as we continue to read we realize that we are only seeing into her life her details and thoughts We are shown Mrs Hales instinct for neatness She hated to see things half done Mrs Hale began to arrange the dirty pans under the sink and unfinished things always bothered her 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 She is a strong woman of principle who is openly ashamed of herself at her failure in being a good neighbor to Minnie Wright whom she still thinks of as the young and vibrant Minnie Foster from twenty years ago Next
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