AP Literature_ 6.06_ The Equivocal Nature of a Wife_ 'A Jury of Her Peers'.pdf

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A Jury of Her Peers’ 1. Describe the character of Minnie Wright as a young woman before her marriage. Provide examples from the text to support your answer. a. Mrs. Wright, or known as Minnie Foster as a young woman, before marriage was described as “lively… one of the town girls, singing in the choir.” Mrs. Hale reminisced when Minnie Foster “wore a white dress with blue ribbons” and when she sang in the choir her voice was heard. The repetition of Mrs. Wright being happy and singing lively pushes the change in demeanor from Mrs. Wright in the story as much more drastic and shocking. 2. Describe the character of Minnie Wright as a wife married for several years. Provide examples from the text to support your answer. a. Mrs. Wright - or Minnie Foster, as a wife married for several years was forced into isolation when she married her husband Mr. Wright or John Wright. Mrs. Hale, Minnie Foster’s neighbor, noticed her slow disappearance into her house. Mrs. Hale commented on Mrs. Wright’s appearance saying, “ she used to wear pretty clothes… that—oh, that was twenty years ago.” Her once pretty clothes became torn because Mr. Wright didn’t let her out of the house. Her crime came about because of the suspected abuse and psychological torture that Mr. Wright put her through. 3. Explain the character of John Wright. Be sure to provide examples from the text to support your answer. a. Mr. Wright or John Wright, Minnie Foster’s husband, was a local farmer who, according to his community, “ didn’t drink, and kept his word as well as most.” However, in his home he was a “ hard man” who neglected his wife and her happiness, dragging her further and further away from her life. 4. List the important pieces of evidence that only the women notice and explain why these pieces of evidence are significant. What is it the evidence provides that the men are unable to find in their search?

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