Emotional Penetration Essay

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Susan Glaspell wrote two different forms of literature that have basically the same plot, setting and characters. This was during a period in which the legal system was unsympathetic to the social and domestic situation of the married woman. She first wrote the drama version “Trifles” in 1916 and then the prose fiction “A Jury of Her Peers” in 1917. The main difference was the way the prose fiction version was presented. Glaspell effects emotional change in the story with descriptive passages, settings and the title. The prose fiction version has a greater degree of emotional penetration than the drama version.
Although the dialogues have basically been unchanged from the dramatic version to the prose fiction version, Glaspell has passed
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In addition, vivid detail of Mrs. Peters’ actions at the end of the story version is another example:
Martha Hale sprang up, her hands tight together, looking at that other woman, with whom it rested. At first she could not see her eyes, for the sheriff’s wife had not turned back since she turned away at that suggestion of being married to the law. But now Mrs. Hale made her turn back. Her eyes made her turn back. Slowly, unwillingly, Mrs. Peters turned her head until her eyes met the eyes of the other woman. There was a moment when they held each other in a steady, burning look in which there was no evasion or flinching. Then Martha Hale’s eyes pointed the way to the basket in which was hidden the thing that would make certain the conviction of the other woman--that woman who was not there and yet who had been there with them all through that hour (Jury of Her Peers). The description Mrs. Hale “sprang up” show more emotion as compared to “rises” used in the drama. Mrs. Hale “made [Mrs. Peters] turn back” with her eyes, “’unwillingly,’ ‘holding each other in steady, burning look,’ ’no evasion or flinching’ and Mrs. Peters ‘turning away at … to the law’” are also a few additional emotion creating descriptive passages added. The reader can immediately understand, interpret and appreciate the emotions held by both women from the narration because of the dramatic of the

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