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September 13, 2005

Marriage for the wrong reasons

Treadwell, Machinal (Scenes 1-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

I posted an entry similar to this last night a few times, and it never posted! I'm starting to get very annoyed with these things! So I'm gona try to post it again.

MOTHER. Love!-what does that amount to! Will it clothe you? Will it feed you? Will it pay the bills?
YOUNG WOMEN. No! But it's real just the same!
YOUNG WOMAN. If it isn't-what can you count on in life?
MOTHER. I'll tell you what you can count on! You can count that you've got to eat and sleep and get up and put clothes on your back and take 'em off again-that you got to get old-and that you got to die. That's what you can count on! All the rest is in you head!

How often does this happen? Even today, as developed and as much as our morals have changed since the days of this play, I can think of at least three people that I personally know who married for stability, money, and many other reasons besides love. It's horrible to think, but people do it all the time. The Young Woman doing it in this play is a little different however, because ultimately, we know that this idea of marriage as a neccessity is going to lead to her committing a murder. Sometimes, marriage really will be the difference between life and starving or freezing to death.

I know that I said more last night, but unfortunately, I can't remember what else I wanted to say. Sorry guys.

Posted by CheraPupi at September 13, 2005 8:45 PM


haha thanks Andy!! You're not too dumb yourself!

Posted by: Chera Pupi at September 14, 2005 9:40 PM

Chera, I agree. How can you marry someone if you're not in love. I mean, YOUNG WOMAN must obviously be attracted to JONES or else she wouldn't be contemplating this decision. However, she isn't totally in love, nor does she even really have a crush on this guy. To me, it seems as if YOUNG WOMAN is trying to prove to herself that she can handle life as a grown womoan! She wants to grow up. I think it really coincides with A Doll's House in that YOUNG WOMAN and Nora are in many ways alike!

Gosh Chera, your so smart!!!

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at September 13, 2005 11:35 PM

Chera, the entry you posted last night is still in the system. You had "post status" set to "draft", so it's not visible to the public. 99% of the time, that's the cause of the problem.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 13, 2005 10:31 PM

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