Irony in A Jury of Her Peers
Use of Irony: The various male characters in the story continually belittle the female characters for their seemingly insignificant domestic chores like sewing and cooking. However, Glaspell introduces irony when these domestic “pleasantries” become the very key to solving the crime. The men consider sewing and cooking simply “trifles” and therefore never notice the uneven stitches in the quilt, a necessary clue in discovering Minnie’s motive for murder. They are so preoccupied with their own misguided investigations and derisions of the women that they fail to notice the clue that illuminates the case.