Machinal

by

Sophie Treadwell

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The Lawyer for Prosecution Character Analysis

The lawyer who cross-examines Helen when she’s on trial for murder. The Lawyer for Prosecution easily unearths the flaws in Helen’s story about the night George died, ultimately triumphing by producing a signed deposition he procured from Mr. Roe. By bringing this piece of paper to the court’s attention, he elicits an adverse emotional reaction from Helen, who suddenly confesses that she killed her husband.
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The Lawyer for Prosecution Character Timeline in Machinal

The timeline below shows where the character The Lawyer for Prosecution appears in Machinal. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Episode 8: The Law
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...she decided to call the police. Satisfied, the Lawyer for Defense sits down and lets the Lawyer for Prosecution take over. “The accused woman told a straightforward story of—” writes one reporter. “The accused... (full context)
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The Lawyer for Prosecution begins by confirming that Helen did nothing when she saw the two intruders appear over... (full context)
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The Lawyer for Prosecution hounds Helen with questions, asking why she didn’t call a doctor. Producing a broken bottleneck,... (full context)
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...saying she didn’t own any gloves at the time of George’s death. At this point, the lawyer for the prosecution produces a pair of rubber gloves found in her home, along with the nightgown she... (full context)
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...this bowl into your bedroom filled with small stones and some water and a lily,” the Lawyer for Prosecution asks Helen. He then tells a story about Helen taking home this lily and caring... (full context)
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Cutting to the chase, the Lawyer for Prosecution introduces an affidavit signed by Mr. Roe. Though the Lawyer for Defense objects, the judge... (full context)
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Suddenly, Helen breaks into a yell, pleading, “No! No!” When the Lawyer for Prosecution asks her what’s wrong, she asks him to stop reading. “Why not!” he asks. “I... (full context)