Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who . Sophie Treadwell and the Young Woman upon which Machinal focuses are examples of a history and society that has rendered many women silent. In. In Defense of the Woman: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Jennifer Jones. Modern Drama, Volume 37, Number 3, Fall , pp. (Article). Published by.

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In Mexico, she scored an exclusive interview with Pancho Villa inspiring her melodrama Gringo ; in America she investigated factory work, equal pay and immigrant communities. Driven to murder her husband, she is convicted of the crime and is executed in the electric chair. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. How can we improve? My students love how organized the handouts are and enjoy tracking the themes as a class.

She spirals into insanity which pushes her to murder him.

Sep 16, Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Machinalplease sign up. Dec 23, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: I would love to see this acted out. Will it feed you? People who like their women weak and their tragedies Greek.


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The press slavered for stories about her; photographer Tom Howard even smuggled a camera into her execution chamber at Sing Sing. However, a close examination of that trial and the unprecedented coverage it received lead me to believe that Ruth Snyder was never far from Sophie Treadwell’s mind as she wrote Machinal. Download this Lit Guide! Roe tells Helen that he was once captured in Mexico by bandits, and that he filled a bottle with stones and clubbed the men to death in order to escape.

The main plot of this story involves a woman named Helen who marries her boss against her desires. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Produced and directed by Arthur HopkinsMachinal opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Ssophie on September 7,and closed on November 24,after 91 performances.

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Oct 13, Zoe rated it really liked it. Loved it and respect it for being yreadwell play that show women in a different place in the world. Preview — Machinal by Sophie Treadwell. Paperback96 pages.

What can I say. A true story about a woman who killed her husband.

The whole staging is arranged to show that. Aug 15, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: One the men, Mr.

Having concluded, the Lawyer for Defense takes his seat, and the Lawyer for Prosecution takes the floor. Return to Book Page. Joanna Dunham starred, with Donald Pleasence portraying the husband.


The writing is phenomenal, leaving you in utter shock as the events play out. This is a great play, and I’m giving it a high recommendation to anyone looking for a very smart and depressing story about women’s rights. Mqchinal from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Maxhinal using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation

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. No trivia or quizzes yet. The play maxhinal very well constructed and evokes the suffocation the woman feels, so much so it is rather unpleasant to read. Sep 20, Payton rated it it was amazing.