A Jury of Her Peers Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What foreshadowing is used in the opening scene of A Jury of Her Peers?

The story begins with a scene of foreshadowing as Martha Hale hesitates to leave her kitchen in a mess. Perhaps this is force of personal habit, but in the context of the story, when she is leaving her own messy kitchen to see another woman chastised almost as much for her messy kitchen as for the alleged murder of her husband.

2. How does Mrs. Hale feel about leaving her kitchen in the beginning of the story? Why?

As Martha Hale leaves her house to join her husband on that cold winter's day, she is uneasy about leaving her house in such a state. She had been in the middle of making bread when she and her husband were called upon by the town sheriff to assist in a murder case, the likes of which had never been seen before in Dickson County.

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