In order to reveal this theme the author uses the literary device allusion, and also cause and effect and ethos. The use of allusion helps reveal the theme with indirect implications.
Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Glaspell may be exploring the theme of connection.
On several occasions the reader notices that both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters are able to make a connection with Minnie Foster. Likewise when Mrs Peters remembers the incident of the young boy killing her cat when Mrs Peters was a child it brings her closer to understanding why Minnie may have killed John Wright.
These connections are significant as it is through them that both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters start to not only understand Minnie a little better but they also begin to feel sympathetic towards Minnie. In many ways both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters connection with Minnie is stronger than any connection that they have with their husbands.
What is also interesting about the story is the inequality that appears to exist between Mrs Hale, Mrs Peters and all three men in the story.
At no stage is either woman taken seriously by any of the men. If anything each man, at different stages of the story, makes fun of or belittles both women considering any input that they may have into why Minnie may have killed Wright to be insignificant.
This may be important as by introducing a sense of inequality into the story Glaspell may also be highlighting the inequality that existed between men and women at the time the story was published with many women being treated as inferior to men in a mainly male dominated society.
Glaspell also appears to be exploring the theme of independence. Through Mrs Hale the reader discovers that Minnie lived her life, prior to marrying Wright, as she would have liked to have lived it.
However after marrying Wright, Minnie seems to have isolated herself from the community or at least lost her own individual voice something that is more apparent by the fact that Minnie stops singing with the choir. It is possible that Glaspell is suggesting, again at the time the story was published, that many women after they had gotten married were no longer free to live their lives as they would have liked to.
If anything they may have lost the independence that they once had, prior to getting married.
No longer being in control of their own lives but rather having to live their lives being controlled by their husbands, which appears to be the case for Minnie. There is also some symbolism in the story which may be significant. Just as a canary would sing, likewise the reader is aware that before marrying Wright, Minnie also liked to sing in the local choir.
The quilt may also be important. Something that is clear to both Mrs Hale and Mrs Peters. If anything, throughout the story both men appear to be going around in circles ignoring or at least not noticing how unhappy Minnie may have been in her marriage and at the same time not taking any input that either Mrs Hale or Mrs Peters have seriously.
Cite Post McManus, Dermot. The Sitting Bee, 30 Apr.Susan Glaspell's short story, A Jury of Her Peers, was written long before the modern women's movement began, yet her story reveals, through Glaspell's use of. In Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers” multiple themes are present such as freedom, compassion, and sympathy, but the main theme the author.
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Click here 👆 to get an answer to your question ️ In this excerpt from Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” which line reflects the theme of loneliness and /5(3). In Susan Glaspell’s “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 Wright’s fate will be decided by a “jury of her peers.”.