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Recognizing symbols while reading literature is important. What is symbolism? A word, object, or person that means something in addition to itself. Susan Glaspell used a lot of symbolism in her story A Jury of Her Peers. A few of the symbols are the basket, the bird, and the birdcage. All of the symbols affect our reading of the story as well as the characters in the story.
The basket represents the Wright’s house and clue of murder weapon. The basket was the place where the investigators found the dead bird as well as the house was the place where the investigators found the body of Mr. Wright. The basket represents the evidence of the murders. “They turning to the sewing basket’’(p.564) ’’There’s something wrapped up in this piece of silk.” (p.565) The basket was a clue to the murder weapon, because the women found out about the quilt pieces. The women found Mrs. Wright was good with knotting rope together which is the weapon that was used to kill Mr. Wright. “We think, that she was going to knot it.” (p.565)
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and Mrs. Wright. “She-come to think of it, she was kind of like a bird herself.” (p.564) It also was locked up into a place where it did not want to be like Mrs. Wright was locked into a place where she did not want to be. The bird was miserable as was Mrs. Wright. The bird and Mrs. Wright used to sing. “ The way the bird relates to Mr. Wright is not technically the bird itself, but the way they both were killed.“Somebody wrung its neck.” (p.565) Mr. Wright’s neck was wrung as well as the bird’s. “Killing a man while he slept slipping a thing round his neck that choked the life out of him.”(p.566) “His neck. Choked the life out of him.”

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