Sophie Treadwell

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The Electric Chair

Throughout Machinal, Helen is pitted against the harsh mechanical world. In the first scene, for example, she must contend with the noise of typewriters and other office machines as she delivers her very first…

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After Mr. Roe tells Helen that he killed several Mexican bandits with a bottle filled with small rocks, she fixates on stones. From this point on, Treadwell’s treatment of stones takes on a metaphorical aspect…

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