February 24, 2005


I can't remember the last time I read something that hit me as hard as Machinal did. At one point I literally wanted to reach into the book and attack the mother, as she ignored Youngh Woman's anxieties. Then I remembered that every time I get angry at someone else for doing something, it's because I do or have done something analogous but I can't admit it to myself. I had to stop reading because I was at work and did want to let my emotions show. There have been many times when I the expectations I put upon people have stifled them and they didn't feel comfortable. I think that it's something that we all do. We expect our parents to be____(fill in the blank), our siblings to be......, our friends to be......., our lovers to be...... and when they don't live up to OUR expectations, we reject them and hurt them in order to get them to do what WE want. This play was one of the most important works of literature that I've ever read.

Posted by JamesStutzman at February 24, 2005 05:18 PM

Hey James!
I def. agree with you! I was reading this book and I couldn't help but get angry at the mother. i'm so happy that someone feels the same way that I do! Yay

Posted by: Gina Burgese at February 28, 2005 12:31 PM

Thanks for posting your response. A few of your peers thought that the play was simply depressing, yet you took a message out of it.

If I wrote a play, and people responded to it the way you responded to Machinal, I'd feel like a great success.

(I hope you can post on the poetry readings soon.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 2, 2005 10:17 AM
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