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September 13, 2005

Love or money?

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

Mother: Who is he? Where did you come to know him?
Young Woman: In the office.
Young Woman: It's Mr. J.
Mother: Mr. J.?
Young Woman: The Vice-President
Mother: Vice-President! His income must be- Does he know you've got a mother to support?
Young Woman: Yes.
Mother: How soon are you going to marry him?

The past couple of plays we have read have dealt with marriage either because of money or love. In this play, the Young Woman, marries Mr. J. due to the fact that he has money. In the beginning, she tells her mom and then takes it back that she is going to marry him. After her mom tells her that love doesn't buy clothes and food and pay the bills, she is quick to say she is going to marry him. In "The Doll's House", Nora also married for money and not for love. I find that the women in this play are going to hurt themselves in the long run, and it is all their fault because they are nieve and selfish. The men in these two plays are very stupid. They fall for the wrong girls and put theirselves into these situations and do not notice why they are marrying them.

Posted by Denamarie at September 13, 2005 04:35 PM


Is it selfish when they may not have any other chance to secure their futures? I believe in marrying for love, but these women lived in different times. Nora had a father to care for and Helen had her mother.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 14, 2005 01:13 AM

I agree, Denamarie! I think that the women in these two plays at least have some ulterior motive. They may want to "roll in the doe" or their eyes may just be bigger than their stomachs. I hadn't seen that before, it's cool that you spotted that out!

Posted by: Andy LoNigro at September 14, 2005 01:42 PM

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