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Susan Glaspells short story A Jury of Her Peers was written long before the modern womens movement began yet her story reveals through Glaspells use of symbolism the role that women are expected to play in society Glaspell illustrates how this highly stereotypical role can create oppression for women and also bring harm to men as well Character names are very important in A Jury of her Peers The two characters John and Minnie Wright are the focus of the story The name Minnie has significant symbolism Minnie is derived from mini or minimized which was very descriptive of her oppressed relationship with John and also the male insensitivity toward most women in society Women taking their husbands last names is also very significant in the story The women in the story are not given first names and are referred to only as MrsHale and MrsPeters The role that society has cast upon them is defined by their husbands Mrs Peters who is married to the sheriff is viewed in those terms Mr Peter the county attorney says for that matter a sheriffs wife is married to the lawglaspell 168 She reinforces that identity until she is faced with the brutality of what John Wright did to Minnie She says I know what stillness is The law has got to punish Crime Mrs Haleglaspell 167 The difference is she is talking about the crime committed against Minnie not the murder of John by Minnie The Rocking chair is another important symbol in the story The chair symbolizes the absent Minnie Wright The rocking chair was dingy with wooden rungs up the back and the middle rung was gone and the chair sagged to one sideglaspell 157 which was not anything like MrsHale used to remember it being Mrs Hale also speaks of Minnie Foster Foster being her maiden name I wish youd seen Minnie Foster when she wore
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