Would you be able to kill the person you love the most? In the short story, “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, Mary Maloney the wife of Patrick Maloney, murders her husband using the frozen leg of a lamb. Due to the information given to the reader on Mary Maloney, she should not be convicted of murder due to her mental health. In the beginning of the story the readers are introduced to Mary Maloney, who is sitting at the table waiting for her husband to come home. Once her husband arrives he tells her that he wants a divorce.
It symbolize the evidence. The evidence can prove that Mrs. Wright kill her husband. The reason of that is she does not love and hate her husband. In this story, her friend understand her feeling as a women as they help Mrs. Wright hiding the evidence. Mrs. Peters throws back quilt pieces and tries to put the box in the bag she is wearing but it is too big.
Mallard and Jane, Minnie Foster sought for her freedom and self-identity as well in the short story “A Jury of her Peers,” by Susan Glaspell. John Wright isolated Minnie from the world and would not let her be sociable. That next morning Minnie woke up to her husband John Wright dead and the sheriff’s office, Mrs. Marta, Mrs. Hale, and Mrs. Peters at her house looking into the investigation for clues. One of the first clues they find is Minnie’s pet bird dead. At this point in her life that bird was her only escape to freedom and it was gone.
“A Jury of Her Peers” is a short story written in 1917 by Susan Glaspell based on the true story of the 1900 murder of John Hossack. The story is centered around Martha Hale’s hasty departure from her farmhouse in Dickinson County, Iowa. Martha Hale hates to leave her work undone and her kitchen in disarray, but she has been called upon to accompany a group of her neighbors who wait outside. The group stopped to pick up her husband, Lewis Hale, but the sheriff, Henry Peters, asked that Martha Hale come along as well to accompany his wife, Mrs. Peters, who, he joked, was getting scared and wanted another woman for company. During this era women were the slaves of the house meaning they were always working in the home and providing for the family.
Minnie’s quilt, the dead bird and its cage, and the kitchen show that living in a man’s world is not easy. In the end, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale recognize that they too have experienced the same loneliness and mistreatment that led Mrs. Wright to murder her husband. The men don't value the women in this story and they don't see them as being very intelligent either. It is for this reason “A jury of her peers” is created. Peers being the women themselves as they stand up, united against the subjugation they have all experienced.
In “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, the sheriff, Mr. Peters, is struggling to find a motive for Mr. Wright’s murder case due to his sexist views. However, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, the sheriff’s wife, are able to find significant clues that lead to Mrs. Wright’s motive because they relate to her living conditions. Although Mrs. Wright claims to have been asleep during her husband’s murder, the women conclude she strangled her husband, Mr. Wright, as evidenced by the slaughtered canary, the broken bird cage, and the errant quilt patch. The slaughtered canary wrapped in silk is a significant clue, which leads to Mrs. Wright’s motive. When the women unwrap the bird, Mrs. Peters notices that “somebody wrung its neck.” It does not make sense for Mrs. Wright to kill her own bird because it was the only thing that brought light into her life.
When all of the evidence is presented the reader can, therefore, decided whether or not they agree that women are treated very unjustly compared to men. First, Nora is treated like a child by her husband Torvald. Torvald had nicknames for Nora like squirrel or skylark that was often accompanied by demenors like sweet or little. At the end of the play, Nora tells her husband that he treated her like a weak, fragile doll just like her father. Nora’s feelings about Torvald’s attitude is evident in the quote from Nora and Torvald’s conversation ”I was your little songbird just as before- your doll whom henceforth you would take particular care to protect from the world because she was so weak and fragile.”(Pg.
Something that the men only brushed off as a joke when the women brought it up. The oppression of women was not at the top of the list in everyday conversation because people did not think it was something that was an everyday occurrence, however, Susan Glaspell changed this when she wrote her short play Trifles. The female characters stand up for Mrs. Wright and defend her from the scrutinizing remarks of their husbands and hide her dead bird that could have been used against her as a motivation in her trial for the murder of her husband. Susan Glaspell uses Trifles, a realist piece, to shows women 's oppression in everyday life, her text is very influential to the women 's movement by showing women they need to unite and stand up for one another. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are two everyday house wives during the early 1900 's but they do something very special and controversial.
Her husband was the one to pick up all the pieces her father let fall. She talks about how he saved her from all the holes her father left behind and how he filled them and showed her what a true man is and what a great father is. “I will never leave her like you left me / And she will never have to wonder her worth” (36 and 37). Kelly starts talking about how she will stay by her daughter’s side and doesn’t want history to repeat itself. She wants a relationship with her daughter and wants to be there for her when she is growing
Then, we know that his mother dies after giving birth to Oliver, so he finds himself alone in a world that would be hostile with him. The reader is thus introduced in one of several worlds that served Dickens as powerful tools of criticism: the workhouse. During Oliver’s stay in the workhouse he faces the harsh conditions of these places and we witness it in the hypocritical figures of both Mr Bumble the beadle and Mrs Mann. The former is supposed to take care of orphan children but he only makes their conditions more lamentable. The latter is a selfish woman who only sees orphans as a way to make profits, keeping the food and the money she receives for their supervision for her.