Get all the key plot points of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. Machinal begins in an office building in an unspecified American city. . How do the themes in Treadwell’s Machinal relate to challenges the culture represented. Analysis and discussion of characters in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

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She did such a great job of portraying that poor woman. A little bit wild, and mechanical as it is supposed to be. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. George urges her to relax, asking why she looks so scared. This is a great play, and I’m giving it a high recommendation to anyone looking for a very smart and depressing story about women’s rights.

Machinal and the Snyder-Gray Trial

Jul 19, Jillian rated it it was amazing. Books by Sophie Treadwell. Celebrity Death Match Special: Eventually, two barbers enter the cell to shave her hair to make sure the electric chair has clean points of contact on her head.

I loved this play. The nurse asks if Helen needs anything, and Helen points maachinal, where construction is noisily underway, but the nurse can do nothing to stop the raucous sounds.

Before leaving, she sees a flower on the windowsill and asks Mr. So yeah, before you say you don’t feel sorry for her, keep those two facts in mind.

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She is so repressed by the mechanized lives of the people that make up the world of this expressionist play that she is driven to extreme action.

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The writing is phenomenal, leaving you in utter shock as the events play out. I am curious to know if I would have liked this better if I’d seen the whole thing This is probably a play that has to be seen to be fully appreciated, because of the Teadwell sound effects, but I liked the script, as simple as it was.

The best part of this book treadwel the introduction, in which I learned about Treadwell and expressionism. Machinal is written in nine scenes, each of which depicts, according to the play’s stage directions, “the different phases of life that a woman comes in contact with, and in none of which she finds any place, any peace.

Retrieved December 30, My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. He says the bowl contained a water lily, but Helen denies this. What I sense in the writing is her drive. How unlucky was this? Helen quickly takes a liking to Mr.

I would love to see this acted out. Roe, who flirts with her until Mr. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Finally, the lawyer produces an affidavit from Mr. Machinal by Sophie Treadwell. The scenic design was by Robert Edmond Jones[1] who used an open stage tradwell a permanent background and made scene changes macbinal with lighting. The Law Episode 9: The doctor then enters, insists that she try breastfeeding, and demands that she start eating solid food. Roe tells Helen that he was once captured in Mexico by bandits, and that he filled a bottle with stones and clubbed the men to death in order to escape.


The New York Times. While George is happy and boisterous, Helen is skittish, quiet, and hesitant to mzchinal her new husband. Will it clothe you?

A young woman trapped, who took the only kind of freedom she thought Grim, stark, machine like. When you watch Antigoneis your reaction that you just want to shake some sense into the heroine?

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

To ask other readers questions about Machinalplease sign up. Following its initial Broadway run, Machinal received a number of productions internationally. Sometimes the only thing you can do is take a bottle full of small stones and club your husband to death with it.

They might suggest a metropolis bustling with opportunity — but they oppress the heroine, drowning her voice and squeezing her thoughts.