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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I am curious to know if I would have liked this better if I’d seen the whole thing A little bit wild, and mechanical as it is supposed to be. That’s probably the real tragedy of the play.

Feb 03, Christine rated it really liked it. Feb 03, Jhoel Centeno rated it really liked it. Although written machimalthis play is still relevant today.

The doctor then enters, insists that she try breastfeeding, and demands that she start eating solid food. As he brings out other damning pieces of evidence, he shows the jury a bowl he claims Helen brought home a year ago that spring.

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His picture of Snyderhooded and restrained, was splashed over the Daily News under the headline: Even in death, Snyder was regarded as public property. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair.

The phone rings, and George learns that one of his business deals has gone through. And that bleeds into the striking social commentary that Treadwell obviously had in mind for this story.

Its Broadway premiere, directed by Arthur Hopkinsis considered one machinao the highpoints of Expressionist theatre on the American stage. The Young Macginal is controlled throughout the entire play.


She always had choices and mul I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. Reviewing the starring performance of Joan LorringJack Gould of The New York Times wrote that “her interpretation of the mentally tortured young woman in MachinalSophie Treadwell’s expressionistic and bitter poem for the theatre, must rank among the video season’s finest accomplishments.

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Finally, the lawyer produces an affidavit from Mr. Moments later, Helen returns and sits still in front of her typewriter. The world Helen lives in is more restrictive, certainly, than that faced by women today, but the echos of that world are still haunting us and it is important to remember where we came from and how far we h What an incredible play!

People who like their women weak and their tragedies Greek. How can we improve?

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Basically, you just didn’t think it was any good? Like Eugene O’Neli, Treadwell shows her talent as an expressionist writing capturing themes of alienation and individualism on a profound level. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This play is absolutely amazing. Putt The best part of this book is the introduction, in which I learned about Treadwell and expressionism. He says the bowl contained a water lily, but Helen denies this. I played the Adding Clerk in my school’s production of this play. Sign Treawdell Sign Up.

From her boss, to her husband, to even the man she chooses to have an affair with- every scene involves her being dictated to or controlled to do something, oftentimes aga Machinal is a play by Sophie Treadwell that focuses on a Young Woman meeting her Husband, and the inevitable downspiral of her life as she knows it. As he goes on, Helen starts choking and pointing at the door. What I sense in the treadaell is her drive. In the spring ofTreadwell attended a notorious trial in which Ruth Snyder, a seemingly innocuous Long Island housewife, was accused of conspiring with her lover, Judd Gray, in the murder of her husband.


Open Preview See a Problem? A young woman seeks independence in a male-dominated society.

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Not long afterward, they go to Mr. Jul 19, Jillian rated it it was amazing. There is so much to say and talk about. Expressionism’s ability to capture raw human emotions really makes you feel sympathetic for He Like Eugene O’Neli, Treadwell shows her talent as an expressionist writing capturing themes of alienation and individualism on a profound level. Treadwell did not attend the trial in an official journalistic capacity, although she had extensive experience writing about similar cases for papers in San Francisco and New York.

Read for Modern Drama class. I feel I could read this many times before I completely understood the play, but the sentiments of longing and entrapment are very clear.

Nov 08, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: When Helen goes into Mr. Loved it and respect it for being a play that show women in a different place in the world. I read this for Theatre Arts class and thoroughly enjoyed it. She subsequently marries her boss, whom she finds repulsive.