by Susan Glaspell
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Story of An Hour
- Kate Chopin
In “Story of an Hour,” a classic short story by Kate Chopin, a woman is overcome by the news of her husband’s death.Pair “Story of An Hour” with “A Jury of Her Peers” and ask students to compare these traditionally feminist texts. How does each piece examine and present the rich inner lives of women? Are the protagonists sympathetic characters or misguided?
- Susan Glaspell
Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, actress, journalist, and a pioneering feminist writer. Trifles was first performed by the Provincetown Players at the Wharf Theatre in Provincetown, MA on August 8, 1916. In this one-act play, two women solve a mystery that the men cannot, uncovering some chilling secrets about the lives of their neighbors.Pair “Trifles” with “A Jury of Her Peers” and ask students to compare the two pieces. Why did Glaspell adapt the play into a short story? What does each format provide the reader that the other does not? With this comparison, students can practice an in-depth analysis on structure and the author’s craft.
My Last Duchess
- Robert Browning
In Robert Browning’s renowned poem “My Last Duchess,” a speaker laments the transitory nature of his relationship with his previous partner, allegedly the result of her excessive sociability.Pair “My Last Duchess” with “A Jury of Her Peers” and ask students to consider how the latter work builds upon the perspective on gender roles expressed in Browning’s poem. By what means and to what effect have men historically stifled the women in their lives? Beyond the individual consequences of this repression, what is the societal danger of a patriarchal system that disallows half of the population from voicing their opinions and making their own decisions?
Women in Ancient Rome
- BirdBrain History
“Women in Ancient Rome” is an informational text that describes daily life in ancient Rome for both wealthy and poor women.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” and “A Jury of Her Peers” and ask students to discuss how women used their influence over men in their lives to have power and say in political life.