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A JURY OF HER PEERS - A CHARACTER ANALYSISAs in the case of most if not all good allegorical stories the primary impact of the tale is strongly influenced by the authors detailed characterization of the setting as well as the characters feelings and passions Certainly such is the case in Susan Glaspells story A Jury of Her Peers Here we see a richness of characterization and setting that is elusive at first reading but becomes clearer as the story evolves In the final analysis it becomes clear just who the jury is and the outcome of their collective verdict It is by the use of allegorical and metaphorical rhetoric that the tension of the story is maintained so very wellInitially we are introduced to a woman Mrs Hale who first seems cast as a central character if not the central focus of the storys plot By use of this literary diversion the reader is intentionally mislead by focusing on the details of the patterns of her life and her overall guiding thought processes For example in Paragraph 1 we are shown the concept of Mrs Hales inherent instinct for neatness her bread all ready for mixing half the flour sifted and half unsifted Although this appears as a seemingly innocuous detail it later becomes a key point as the plot develops in that this trait seems to be directly opposite the nature of the accused Mrs Hale is shown to be a person of neatness and detail no job is to be left unfinished and high importance is attached to keeping a proper household She is shown to be a strong woman a woman of principle who is concerned if not outright ashamed of her failure to be a good neighborIn direct comparison to Mrs Hale we meet her fellow conspirator Mrs Peters the wife of the sheriff It is interesting to note that while the author makes it clear that Mrs Hale is
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