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In the early 1900s Susan Glaspell wrote many works Two of her works stand out as true feminist tells including the play Trifles and the short story A Jury of Her Peers Trifles was written in 1920 while A Jury of Her Peers was written the following year Trifles was written in only ten days These works were not truly recognized until the 1970s though Glaspell was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Alisons House in 1931 Maillakias 2 Glaspell was born on July 1 1876 in Davenport Iowa Glaspell was the middle child and the only daughter She was an excellent student through high school and graduated with honors She also graduated from Drake University with a PhB in Philosophy Throughout her college tenure she wrote for the Drake paper The Delphic Following graduation she began working for the Des Moines News While working as a reporter for the Des Moines news she ran across a murder that involved a woman on a farm This murder gave her an idea for her story The play was Trifles and the short story was A Jury of Her Peers2 In the short story A Jury of Her Peers a woman named Minnie Wright is accused of the murder of her husband Minnie Wright is a farmers wife and is also isolated from the out side world There is an investigation that takes place in the home of the murder There are three men that are involved on the case and two women accompany but are not there to really help solve the murder These two women will solve the murder and protect Mrs Wright of any wrongdoing The women will dispose and justify to themselves that the murder was justifiable The three men seek out to find motive but they never do and the case will go unsolved Glaspell uses symbolism as her a literary device to illuminate her theme The symbols include a jar of cherries
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