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compassion, and care. Women, in particular, should be able to defend themselves from individual me, as well as the male-embodied law.3.3 Did Minnie kill John in self-defense? Why or why not?Some people might consider this an easy question, but it may be more complicated than itseems. Certainly, it does not appear that John attacked Minnie or was trying to physically hurt her. However, based on the information the two women discover in the place, Minnie's action still seems to constitute a certain type of self-defense killing. John's isolation of Minnie, his hardness, and his cruelty towards an animal—the one source of light in Minnie's life—indicate that he has no regard for her life and that he may have someday harmed her more than he already had. As scholar Marina Angel writes, "only recently has our legal system recognized that the home is a dangerous place for women. Women are more likely to be abused, raped, and murdered within their own homes than outside." A recognition of the notion of time as it pertains to men and women differently is also necessary. Most men consider self-defense as something immediate that happens
when someone (a man) is suddenly attacked by another person (usually a man). However,"for abused women...time is drawn out and provocation recurrent, as is the need for self-defense. Minnie Wright lived in fear of an explosive, deadly attack. The death of her canary was a sign of that impending attack."4.4 What is the narrative effect of Minnie's absence from the stage/action of Trifles/"A Jury of Her Peers"?Critic Susan Ben-Zvi explains that "by not bringing Minnie physically on to the stage, theplaywright focuses on issues that move beyond the guilt or innocence of one person" (quoted in Simso). The structure of the story emphasizes that Minnie is a stand-in for all women, particularly in this place and time where they are firmly relegated to the private sphere, have few options other than marriage, have no voice in the law, and can be controlled utterly by men. The abuse that Minnie suffers (clearly psychological and emotional, perhaps physical or sexual as well) is commonplace in the lives of women.5.5 How do the women differ in their communication methods from the men throughoutthe text?The men in the story place a premium on the spoken:on the verbalized and articulated word. They accompany their words with a demeanor of authority and confidence, as well as an elevated tone of voice. The women, on the other hand, do not speak as much. They watch and listen. They do not like to talk in front of the men. They say things in their ownminds or in hushed, faltering tones. They cut off their own loud laughs as if they were disrespectful; they draw close together when they want to communicate. They use their hands to touch the objects and make them more real, rather than merely speaking of said objects and bestowing a meaning on them they do not possess. Their mode of

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