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The Play Machine: An Analysis Of The Work Machine

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and the machine stops workings. He narrates the hardships he had to face because of the exploitation. He is the factory worker: Actor 1: (Giving a push to the Narrator, who loses his balance and falls down) 'Together, together,* what kind of togetherness is this? Who gives the support? How can this togetherness be achieved? I always get kicks only! Whose kicks? Everyone's ... kicks from the house owner, kicks of the mill owner, the shop keeper, from the milkman and from the police! I am down with these tortures. By the by..., I forget to tell you who the wretched T am. I'm the labourer, a part of the machine, a useful thing... but a wretched thing. I work at Machine, do the work of the master... and after that... nothing! If I demand my wages,…show more content…
It depicts the exploitation they face from the owners and from the people supported by the owner. Even if they are useful in running the factory, they get the thrashing from the police, even for demanding a leave they got fired. The play Machine highlighted all those problems faced by the labourers and we get to know it from the narration of the factory worker. Simple demands were not even granted to the labourers. The owner of the factory and the security officer exploited them in every possible way. Unable to bear the treatment meted out to them, they rebelled and stop working but gets beaten up. So the worker with the call of the togetherness for smooth running of the factory. He disintegrates himself from the machine and the machine strops. While the labourer is fed up with the call of togetherness, the owner comes out and called for unity for his own interest. He is more concerned about his own life rather than thinking about the life of the workers who are exploited. He calls for togetherness so that the machine works and he can earn money. He says ‘’Just give me the permission to raise the prices, just give me a chance to conduct the next election—then you will see what magic I can perform.’’ The play here highlighted how the factory owners just for their own benefit call for togetherness so that the factory never stops and earns money. Rather thinking about the welfare…show more content…
He is a person employed by the owner and he acts just like the same. He does not show any sympathy to the labourers and showed his true character of a paid servant of the master. He shouted to the labourers ‘’If you ask me what I'll do.... if I get a wink from the master, I'll make mincemeat of you. Do you know who I am? I am called the security officer! ..... I am the servant of the Owner, but for you I am the lord. I am a demon for those who go for strike.’’ After this the narrator of the play again calls for togetherness saying that the machine has been running for the last sixty three years but not the avail of the rebelling workers and the machine stops working. Later they were killed by the security officer who were handed a gun by the owner. The play clearly shows how the capitalistic factory owners and industrialists run. Earlier the revolting trade unions of that time were in mood of looking at the play, but later when JANAM performed at the Boat Club, Delhi, more than 160000 members of the trade unions see the play as a rally of trade union was also planned there. . Thus the play Machine acted as the catalyst of their revolt and the play actually created a sensation all over India especially with urban factory workers. The factory workers could easily identify the image of the machine in their life with all its implications. Just for
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