Comparing and Contrasting Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters: What Connected Them?
The short story “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell is mainly about three characters: Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Peters, and Mrs. Wright. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are clearly characterized, and their personalities were portrayed throughout the work, however most information about Mrs. Wright was inferred from the past or her belongings. Though Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are different in personality, their husbands’ personalities, and background, they find a common point on which they bond over. As the story unravels the women’s personalities are shown more and more and an interesting discovery is made in how they agree on a difficult decision.
Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are two very different women. Mrs. Hale is a very strong, opinionated woman. This is shown in a few ways, such as when she doesn’t want her husband to say too many unnecessary things to the sheriff and deputy about Mrs. Wright. It is also shown when she and Mrs. Peters are alone and she expresses the opinion that she should fix Mrs. Wright’s quilt for her when that was not the thing she should have morally done. Mrs. Peters, on the other hand, is quite the opposite of Mrs. Hale. She is a very meek, obedient woman who is completely submissive to her husband. When she continually states that the law is important and should always be upheld, it is obvious that this is something that her husband has instilled in her.
The women’s husbands reflect a lot on how different they are and how their lives are. Mrs. Peters’ husband is a very forceful, demanding man. He is said to have the personality of a typical sheriff, which is seen as prideful, strong, and demanding. His personality directly correlates with how Mrs. Peters’ personality is. In difference, Mrs. Hale’s husband is a man with too many words that don’t mean much. He is also obviously not that intelligent. When his eldest son is seen to have more knowledge on how to deal with the...