Identity In Susan Glaspell's A Jury Of Her Peers

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Identity is an expression of a person, and through this expression it makes them different or the same from one another. The way someone expresses himself or herself, whether it is through their religion, preferences, moral, goals, or their ethnicity, make up their identity. People often express themselves through their likes and dislikes. Their preference shapes who they are and whom they associate themselves with. For example, a fan of a particular sports team identifies themselves as a fan of the team, and also can identify other people who are also a fan of the sports team. As a result of these preferences, people have perceived thoughts about a person, which can affect how that person is identified. Similar to likes and dislikes, one’s…show more content…
Identity is affected by many factors; some of which include one’s gender, culture, and their family and friends. Although in today’s society gender stereotypes are decreasing, there are still some stereotypes about each gender. These perceived stereotypes have a big effect on someone’s identity. Men are thought to be the breadwinners of the family and in some way better than women. While in modern times this considered untrue, it is still consider being very much true in many of the short stories we read. An example would be in “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, where the men think very little of the women comments and think they are the superior gender. As a result, the men’s identity is composed of being overconfident and inconsiderate. On the other hand, a woman’s identity is greatly affected by the stereotypes and roles society has set for them. In the short stories, many of the women’s identity were tied to their marriage. An example would be Mrs. Peters, from “A Jury of Her Peers”, who first name was never disclosed throughout the story. Her name was never revealed as so was her identity. Mrs. Peters’s could not develop her own identity because she was…show more content…
Identity can reveal itself through life experiences, and certain circumstances. When someone is facing hardships it can reveal a person’s identity. The way someone faces adversity can determine his or her identity. A person can overcome adversity and be known as resilient or they can give up and be known as a quitter. In the same way, triumphs can also reveal someone’s identity. For example, many of the times people may display an identity to gain someone’s trust, in order to gain more power, money, or a relationship. After they have become triumphant in this endeavor they might reveal a different identity. Similarly, one’s identity changes throughout his or her life. As a person progress through he or she encounters triumphs, tragedies, and other life experiences, which shape and change a person’s identity. A

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