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Feminism The theme of a story is expressed in many different ways Things such as the title characters plot and setting are all means in which a theme can be developed In Susan Glaspells A Jury of Her Peers she examines the theme of feminism by her use of the title the characters and the plot First Glaspell uses the title to let the reader know that ultimately Minnie Wrights fate will be decided by a jury of her peers Minnies peers consist of two women Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters who can relate to and sympathize with Minnies daily life These two women will not only discover the evidence against her but also judge the evidence This is ironic because during the early twentieth century women were not permitted to serve on a jury In fact women had very few rights in society during that time In keeping with that way of thinking the men in the story believe the two women cannot be of any help This is evident when the county attorney asks Would the women know a clue if they did come upon it Glaspell 193 Yet in this case only women who all go through the same things can discover and understand the truth Glaspell 200 The use of names and the separation between men and women add to the theme of the story The name Minnie Wright in itself is an example of the insignificant role women played in society in the early twentieth century The name Wright plays off the social stereotype of women seeking Mr Right while Minnies name has double significance Minnie being mini or minimized which is descriptive of her relationship with John and in general of womens relationship with men Bourne Early in the story when the men went over to the stove and the women stood close together by the door Glaspell shows the separation between men and women and gives the reader
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