March 5, 2013
Mind over Matter
In A Jury of Her Peers, Glaspell reveals the struggle of what is right to your friends and what is your legal duty. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, Minnie Wright’s unexpected peers, have much more in common than what meets the eye. As they begin their investigation through the Wright home; things appear to be much more obvious than previously motioned, but the unfolding of their blossoming friendship could end up putting Mrs. Minnie in the doghouse instead.
Legality, the state or quality of being in conformity with the law, represents someone that believes our rights are just and wants all circumstances set aside. The only trouble with this mentality is it could force people to question the law and begin testing the boundaries, making others wonder how far is far enough. The law is there to protect you, but in Minnie Wright’s case maybe her acts can be justified. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale seem to have an all too common feeling of Mr. Wright’s death. The lawful thing to do would be to go right away and spread the words they had just endured, but the theory of abandonment in Minnie’s time of need could have been just as dishonorable. “We live close together, and we live far apart. We all go through the same things—it’s just a different kind of the same thing! If it weren’t—why do you and I understand? Why do we know—what we know this minute” (Glaspell 181). Illegal to think these thoughts, no, but illegal to carry them out; you be the judge. The hypocrisy would be so great by the words admitted in the previous quote. Minnie may have carried out the action, but if she hadn’t they would. Legality, right but in the same sense how can it be so wrong?
Personally, in any predicament, whether it be as simple as a white lie or as condemning as a murder, you are given the choice to stand up for what you believe to be the truth or what someone else wants to hear. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale had the intention...