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CMP102 - Composition 2 - Sherf

Researching A Jury of Her Peers / Trifles

 

susan glaspell picture"A Jury of Her Peers" paints a clear picture of the status of women at the time and raises questions about how gender influences justice and punishment. At the time Susan Glaspell wrote this, women did not have the right to vote, serve on a jury, or participate politically in American society. 

Many of the themes raised in this work revolve around gender, abuse, isolation, and empathy. When researching these topics, take time to think about your keywords. Many of the keywords listed under the "Nineteenth Century Women" page can be used to begin your search for secondary sources here as well.

 

Women Men
Wives/Marriage
Private Sphere
Inferior
Oppressed/Oppression
Subordinate/Dependent/Subjugation
Insignificant/Trivial
Isolated/Confined
Empathy/Compassion
Crime Scene= the Kitchen
No voice
Marginalized
Husbands/Man of the House
Public Sphere
Superior
Control/In Charge
Authority
Judgement
Patriarchy
Arrogance
Crime Scene= the Bedroom
‘A Good Man’

 

The theme of isolation is seen throughout the story. Some of the ways it appears include:

 

Confinement Communication Companionship
Bird cage
Caged
Imprisonment
Secluded
Description of the house
Telephone
Voice/singing
‘How people talk’
Quietness
Isolation
Canary/Bird/Pet
No Children
Lack of friendship
Isolated
Community
Family
   
     

Think about your concepts and think of other words that express similar ideas.

Isolation Status of Women Emotions
Isolated
Reclusive
Seclusion
Loneliness
Lonesome
Confined
Confinement
Marginalized
Imprisonment
Disconnected
Insignificance
Insignificant
Unimportant
Trivial
Inconsequential
Frivolous
Lack of Voice
Oppressed
Subordinate
Inferior
Marginalized
Dependent
Depressed
Anxiety
Anxious
Misery
Desolate
Resentment
Suffering
Lonely
Humiliated
Tormented
Desperate

 

The tabs in this box will help you research the themes and topics related to A Jury of Her Peers

As you search for information about your topic, look at each source you find with these questions in mind:

  • What new information does this source add?
  • What claim does it support?
  • How does it help your focus?
  • What new questions does it raise?
  • Does it lead to any other sources of information that might provide more details or better evidence?

Applying these questions to each source you find will allow you to quickly eliminate unnecessary sources.

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