Feminist Analysis - Reading and Asking Questions
Reading for My Essay
I used feminist theory to analyze Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers”. These are the steps I took to actively read the story to find information I needed to better understand it.
First, I read through the poem carefully without taking notes of any kind.
Next, I read through it again, underlining things I considered important. Because of my initial reading, I was familiar with the plot and better able to distinguish what was worth noting. If I didn’t think the importance of a line was self-evident enough for me to remember, I made a more specific note of my idea in my journal.
Then, I read through all my notes and underlined phrases to get a cohesive idea of what was relevant to my feminist interpretation.
When I was finished, I wrote down questions I still had.
Next, I re-read the story, trying to find answers to my questions within the text.
Finally, I moved on to the inventing step.
This is a Librivox audio recording of Glaspell's "A Jury of her Peers."
This is the copy I used for my analysis. Notice the markings, notes, and highlights I made. You can see how, as I read and reread the poem, I teased out different elements of the text until I was able to form and answer my own questions.