Susan Glaspell Writing Styles in A Jury of Her Peers

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Omniscient Narrator

The third-person omniscient narrator in "A Jury of Her Peers" is capable of relating the thoughts of each character. It differs from a first-person narrator in that it does not tell the story from only one character's point of view but sees things from a central vantage point. Omniscient narration allows readers to witness the physical actions and often the mental and emotional states of more than one character. It provides readers with Information about things that the characters themselves do not say aloud, or that they are unaware of. In the story, Mrs. Hale's husband says that "women are used to worrying over trifles." The omniscient narrator relates that he says it in a tone of "good-natured superiority." It is not likely that Mr. Hale realized he was demeaning the women, but the narrator comments on it.

The narrator, however, does focus on the women in...

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