Rebekah JenkinsMr. Brad Ward8th Grade ELADecember 15, 2017A Jury Of Her PeersIn “A Jury Of Her Peers,” the character of Martha Hale is important in presenting the theme of justice and judgement. She and Mrs. Peters are the ones who actually find the evidence and know who did it. “‘Somebody wrung its neck,’ said she, in a voice slow and deep” (Glaspell 157). John Wright was hung. “‘She liked the bird,’ said Martha Hale low and slowly. ‘She was going to bury it in that pretty box.'” That means she did not kill it. It also means that since she liked the bird, she would be mad it died. It was the last straw for her, and she wanted revenge. Mrs. Hale She took out her anger on him and killed him the same way he killed her bird. It is their choice whether to tell the men and get her permanently arrested. The question is, were they right in hiding the evidence and pretending it wasn’t her?Martha Hale is an orderly and clean woman who likes to finish the tasks she is working on. This is proven by her hatred to leave her kitchen. “She hated to see things half done” (Glaspell 143). Another piece of evidence is how messy she thought her kitchen was. “But what her eye took in was that her kitchen was in no shape to be leaving: her bread all ready for mixing, half the flour sifted and half unsifted” (Glaspell 143). She would not have gone if it wasn’t important. “It was no ordinary thing that called her away” (Glaspell 143). She is a proper woman who knows right from wrong. The women are expected to follow the rules they weren’t allowed to help create, but they don’t. They hide the evidence that it was her, knowing full well that he provoked it. They talk wistfully about how she used to be, saying “‘She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively- when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir. But that- oh, that was twenty years ago'” (Glaspell 151). They knew the men would not see it that way. The men would blame it on her, and she would get executed for finally getting justice on the serious man who destroyed her happiness.Martha Hale feels guilty for not visiting her friend. She feels that it is her fault Minnie Foster Wright became sad and depressed. The house is cold. It is cold and devoid of life. The cold house symbolizes the depression she felt. At the doorstep, Mrs. Hale hesitated. “Even after she had her foot on the door-step, her hand on the knob, Martha Hale had a moment of feeling she could not cross the threshold” (Glaspell 144). It radiated loneliness. It’s such a sad place that  Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peter don’t really blame Mrs. Wright for killing her husband. Instead, they blame Mr. Wright for being so serious and crushing the cheerfulness, love, and liveliness out of her. They compare her to the bird, saying “‘She- come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself. Real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and- fluttery. How- she- did- change” (Glaspell 156). Mr. Wright changed her and killed her liveliness, just like he killed the bird. There is no evidence that he killed the bird, but we know that he hated singing. It was stated “‘No, Wright wouldn’t like the bird,’ she said after that- ‘a thing that sang. She used to sing. He killed that too.'” (Glaspell 158). Mr. Wright was a very serious man. Mrs. Hale told Mrs. Peters, “‘But he was a hard man, Mrs. Peters. Just to pass the time of day with him-‘ she stopped, shivered a little. ‘Like a raw wind that gets to the bone.'” (Glaspell 156). She also said, ‘”But I don’t think any place would be any the cheerfuller for John Wright being in it'” (Glaspell 149). Even Mr. Hale stated, “‘I didn’t know as what his wife wanted made much since to John-‘” (Glaspell 145). Mrs. Wright and Mr. Wright were not right for each other. He was serious and she was not. According to Mrs. Hale, “‘She used to wear pretty clothes and be lively- when she was Minnie Foster, one of the town girls singing in the choir'” (Glaspell 151). She was “‘real sweet and pretty, but kind of timid and fluttery too”‘ (Glaspell 156). He changed her, and she was not happy. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters don’t think he should have been killed, but they understand why and they don’t think Mrs. Wright should be arrested for it. It was not right for him to die, but she was justified. She should have gone to someone, but there was no one to go to in a time where women were viewed as inferior to men. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters were the ones who decided if Mr. Wright should get justice. They decided the judgement. Hence the theme, justice and judgement.

Author