ANtigone vs Machinal

ANtigone vs Machinal - Ryley Leech Kable-Drama 115 March 3...

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Ryley Leech Kable-Drama 115 March 3, 2007 #713141782 Role of Women Throughout both Antigone and Machinal, there are similar themes provided involving the role of women in society. Sophocles and Sophie Treadwell both present tragic stories that illustrate the hardship of a woman’s life in a patriarchy. Although both playwrights use similar ideas in portraying the lower role of women in society, Antigone differs from the young woman in the play, Machinal, despite both women end up losing their lives. Sophocles writing reflects his era whereas Sophie Treadwell wrote Machinal in a later time period and the plays reflect the times and the difference of society but still maintains a similar theme. Overall both plays exhibit the lower authority and class of women in society. The differences in the two playwrights and plays themselves are very minimal despite the difference in the societies when they were written. In the play, Antigone, Sophocles writes of a woman, in Athens in the year of 441 BCE, who gives her life in order to honor her fallen brother. Antigone has a strong sense of family and feels that although her brother was yet the enemy in a harsh war, he still deserves a proper Greek burial. But the King, Creon, does not feel the same and in order to give his nation a feel for his authority and power he uses the death as an example and leaves the body to rot. When Antigone confronts Creon about this, Creon does not care for what she has to say a bout giving her brother the proper burial. She tries to send the king the messages that no matter what she will under all circumstances give him proper burial which he deserves. Thus meaning although he threatens death, Antigone will risk her own life for family. However, Creon stands by his word and duty to his nation as
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king and gives the order to have Antigone killed. Although Antigone ends up killing herself the pain of her death is still placed upon Creon’s shoulders. In Antigone’s case, she is a member of the royal family. However, she still upholds no power to men or any power for that matter in society. She is forced to take her life in order to gain a moral victory representing the importance of family. Machinal also exhibits the treatment of women in society and the insignificance of their opinion and voice. Sophie Treadwell depicts a similarly themed play of a young woman, in the early 1920’s living amongst dominating males in the American business world. Helen is struggling with her job as she constantly comes in late and receives a low income. Then a wealthy man proposes to the young woman and wants to marry her. By eventually marrying this man, she no longer needs to work and has financial security. But the problem is that she has no attraction to this man whatsoever.
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