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September 14, 2005

So much to say...

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

YOUNG WOMAN. Girls turns on gas.
HUSBAND. Sale hits a million-
YOUNG WOMAN. Woman leaves all for love-
HUSBAND. Market trend steady-
YOUNG WOMAN. Young wife disapears-

Wow. There is so much to say about this play that I can't even remember it all. As I was going through reading the last 4 episodes, so many things were going through my mind. I chose this dialogue because if this isn't foreshadowing of the play's outcome, I don't know what is. I just kept thinking, this poor, poor woman. She's definately emotionally unstable, but not only that, she's very immature, which could also be effects of a mental disorder. All she wants is to love and to be loved, but she is clearly uncapable of having such a relationship. In episode 6 when Helen is speaking to her lover,after being with him one time, she never wanted him to leave her. She kept asking him if he would take her with him, and he kept ignoring her or implying that he didn't want to. When she asked him if he was going to move on, he told her yes, he has to. Not only did she not pick up on his cues of denial, but the fact that she thought she would be with him forever shows in itself that she is very, very immature.

Posted by CheraPupi at September 14, 2005 11:33 PM


Yep, you are right. That really foreshadows everything for the reader. I think you are also right when you say she isn't capable of having that sort of relationship. The woman is not able to be happy on her own and with herself...how can she be happy in a relationship with someone else? It is all very sad.
Oh and thanks for your comment on my blog!

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at September 15, 2005 1:19 AM

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