A JURY OF HER PEERS [Full Text & Notes]

  • Posted on: 7 January 2011
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The story starts with 3 men and 2 women going to investigate a murder. Martha Hale, her husband, the sheriff and his wife and the town lawyer are going to check out the house of a woman who is believed to have strangled her husband in his sleep. The story is written in the Sherlock Holmes investigative style but, it's written from a woman’s perspective. The bulk of the story is written inside the house of the woman who is now in custody. This is a small town so, the local investigators are not quite "CSI" - they bring their wives in the house and do their investigation as if the women were unimportant.
While the men are conducting the investigation and trying to establish the motive of the murder, the women are doing an investigation of their own, because they are trying to understand the woman’s point of view. The women are actually a lot more observant and effective investigators - they find the motive for the murder but they decide to tamper with the evidence because they don't think the woman should be punished for killing her abusive husband.

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THEME
CONFLICT
CHARACTERS
SYMBOLS
POINT OF VIEW
- MEN vs. WOMEN AS INVESTIGATORS

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