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In the contemporary world, men and women are acknowledged as equal in ability and intellect. However this was not the case when Susan ?A Jury of Her Peers? was written in 1917 by Susan Glaspell. During this time, particularly in the rural Midwestern states, people of the female gender were not afforded proper formal education and they were viewed as essentially having no political or financial supremacy. Since they were regarded as the ?weaker gender,? they could only do so much about the predicament they were faced with. Downgraded and lowered to home-based chores and duties, women were usually at the mercy of the more authoritative and dominant men in their lives such as their fathers, husbands and even brothers.

Paradoxically, this view that women were defenseless and feeble existence is conceivably what with time evolved into a control and influence which women use in present day to perplex and exasperate men. This control and influence wielded by women is usually referred to as their ?sixth sense? meaning that people of the female gender have an innate quality commonly i.e. the ?women's intuition? which helps them trounce on their ?more superior? male counterparts.

[...] Not superior or inferior just in different ways. In a few word, Glaspell glorified women's way of life by explaining the intricacies that may not be understood by men. Using irony, Glaspell openly explains a realm where males and females vary significantly in their insight, acuity and communication about different things. She displays males as superficial especially regarding the acuity of how they observe certain things, being deficient of the intuition possessed by women as a preservation instinct. Devoid the intuition and acuity of viewing certain things the way they do as well as their complex way of communicating to each other, women might not stand a chance in this cut-throat patriarchal world. [...]


[...] Jury of Her Peers? is full of intense tensions of looming violence. There are no trappings of the general view of a violent scenario as our minds depict such as see blood, torture screaming or dead bodies. Instead, this story describes a context where about quilting, canning, chauvinism and pet canaries are the order of the day. The psychological tautness depicted in the story is almost unbearable. To a large extent this tension references to how the two genders view and perceive the world differently. [...]

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