“The Early Worm Gets Caught”

When I grow up I’m going be the first female engineer that builds a bridge connecting all of the Islands of the Bahamas together. Or when I grow up I’m going to marry a handsome Prince and live happily ever after. Can anyone remember the days of their childhood where fantasying over the future always consist of massive dreams? Wishfully thinking some may call it, leaving you with the residue of anticipation of an uncertain future. The play Machinal by Sophie Treadwell depicts a young woman who does not get to manifest her dreams, but suffers from the entanglement of controlling powers.

Trap number one, her job. Act one, beginning asides mentions “The confusion of her inner thoughts, emotions, desires, dreams, cuts her off from any actual adjustment to the routine of work.”  Hence, work is not enjoyable to her, therefore it reflects in her work ethnics. For instance, she is frequently late, also many co-worker see her as being inefficient. Moreover, the young woman was not happy with this job, but she has no other choice because her mother is her dependent.

Trap number two, her boss. Her boss has some sort of feeling towards her. For instance, she is allowed to come to work late. However, the young woman does not reciprocate these feeling for her boss, instead she considers him to be repulsive. Act one line 248, mentions how she pulls away from his hand.  Likewise, when questioned by her co-worker why she pulled away, alludes to another layer of contempt. For example, line 268 cites, “Nothing!-Just his hand.”  It is has if she wants to keep this scorn to herself, therefore her response seems fast to enough to back off any other questions. Additionally, in Act two line 154 mentions, “Your skin oughtn’t to curl-ought it-when he just comes near you-ought it?” Also attest to this disgust she has towards her boss. Despite, this scorn she still marries him, just because he is the only who had asked her, and she believes that she has to be married.

Trap number three, her mother. The mother controls this young woman. She tells what to do and how she should behave. For example, their conversation of marriage. The mother’s stance is she doesn’t believe in love, she wants to be taken care of, and if the man has a good job he is decent.  However, the young lady is the opposite she wants to be in love. In Act two line 124, “What can you count on in life? As if suggesting the hopelessness to life if you can’t have what you want. However, she still marries her boss although she did not love him.

“The Early Worm Gets Caught”, the young woman entangle in traps that is hard to cut through. Simultaneously, she desires freedom, but is unsure of how to attain it.



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