“A Jury of Her Peers,” by Susan Glaspell is a narrative about a murder that happened in a rural county. Mrs. Martha Hale is asked to accompany her husband, the county attorney, the sheriff, and the sheriff’s wife, to the house of Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Once the five of them arrive at the crime scene, the Wright house, they settle inside the house and Mr. Hale begins to tell how he discovered Mr. John Wright was dead. After Mr. Hale tells his story, the men head upstairs and leave the women alone to gather clothes for Minnie Wright. In this time, the women discover the telling clues for Minnie’s motive in killing John but decide to not reveal this information to the men.
Realism is portrayed in both John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Susan Glaspell’s Trifles. They both have similarities and differences regarding the tenets of verisimilitude. Of Mice and Men mostly relates to the harsh realities in everyday life, while Trifles focuses more on the importance of scientific studies and processes. The similarity that both of these stories have in common is that the characters in both stories are more important that the plot of the story. Of Mice and Men is a harsh reality within itself.
In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is a significant factor that contributes to the overall plot development. Whether the character is a figure of the past or simply a bystander to the situation, their actions and observations can play a clear role in progression of the story. In Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers”, the character Minnie Foster is not actually present, but her previous actions and decisions present an external conflict that is displayed throughout the story. Minnie Foster is a woman who is under investigation for the murder of her husband, Mr. Wright. Two men and their wives travel to the scene of the crime to further examine the setting of the scene.
The idea of someone being so mentally ill that he or she is unable of comprehending his or her actions and should not be held accountable for them has been a long-standing doctrine in the justice system. Since it was established in 1843, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the subject. While many people think that the insanity defense is just a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card, however, I think that the insanity defense not only assists the mentally ill , but also benefits everyone else as well. Firstly, having the insanity defense administers help to those in need of it. Secondly, the mentally ill may not be suitable for rough prison life.
Trifles, Sisterhood and Loyalty “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. – The Declaration of Independence. The way the women were portrayed in the play shows that they did not take the risk of standing up for themselves being the timeline it took place within. This essay will look at sisterhood and faithfulness revealing the significance of coming together as women as they uncover evidence that is gender specific; “ here’s a nice mess”, dead canary”, “knot it”. When searching for the cause of Mr. Wright death, they come across a messy kitchen, the men do
This case study details the trial of Barney Bezerk, who was to come before the court for the axe murder of his family. Planning to use the insanity defense, his attorney hired an expert, Cruddy O’Pinion to conduct a psychological evaluation. The evaluation revealed that Bezerk had a major thought disorder, poor impulse control, uncontrollable anger, and frequently expressed paranoid ideation. An effective approach to explain this case study would be a psychological approach. In analyzing the case, it is important to dissect how to effectively determine whether a person meets the legal definition of insanity, and whether that person has the correct psychiatric assessments to prove his sanity.
Women’s role in the household and in the workforce has changed significantly since the years prior to the 1950’s. During World War II, women joined the workforce to replace jobs that were left vacant by men in battle. In today’s society, women have become extremely prominent in the workforce, leaving behind their traditional roles of being the “ideal housewife.” This was how it was for decades, and in the story “The Story of an Hour” and the play Trifles, marriage is portrayed as a binding prison that these women wish to escape. Both Glaspell and Chopin go into the different extremes of how far an oppressed woman would go to free herself from her marriage.
Authors write stories sometimes based on their beliefs, despite conflicting influences like society or normalities of eras. Because of this, their themes can be quite straightforward and based on the time period. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Susan Glaspell's “A Jury of Her Peers,” the female protagonists have the craving for freedom from their state of living; this passion of freedom shapes their environment and influences on the people they love and on their own self. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” the main protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, suddenly realizes that she has the potential to be free after hearing the statement of her husband’s death.