David Mamet Essays

  • david mamet

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    conversation from these terms and move forward to other issues. All in all, we can assert that Mamet strives to show what is hidden behind the language, therefore, he must get rid of the conventional language in order to grasp the essence of reality. In this account, the use of the inverted language stands as an attempt to grasp reality but at the same time, he is striving to unveil what is hidden behind it, that is, Mamet has a critical agenda towards the American society and capitalism, with the conventions

  • david mamet

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    What we experience in this passage, particularly the last sentence, is an insight into the search of the real meaning of life and the unveiling the “fog” that does not allow the individuals to live the life. This “discovery” or unveiling of the unspoken has triggered a turning point of his life and Edmond wants Glenna to undergo the same process, but she is scared and tells him, “[d]on’t hurt me. No. No. I can’t deal with this” (Edmond: 77). In short, Glenna is not prepared or does not want to be

  • Oleanna by David Mamet

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    Oleanna by David Mamet The fast pace, repetition and interruptions evident in the interaction between Carol and John are clear illustrations of the unwritten contest to have the last word and be right in act 1. The use of these dramatic and linguistic techniques are what make the interaction between the two characters so fascinating. Both are constantly struggling to keep their dignity and reputation. On page 11, Carol pleads ' teach me. Teach me'. Although this is imperative, the context

  • Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet

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    In David Mamet’s play, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, a group of sales representatives, Shelly Levene, Richard Roma, Dave Moss, and George Aaronow, are placed into a competition that sets all of them against each other. Their bosses challenge the four men to compete against one another in a sales competition where the winner with the most sales will receive a brand new Cadillac and the two people with the least sales will lose their job. With the ultimatum of losing their job, the men struggle to out due

  • The Struggle of Power in Oleanna

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    Oleanna, a play by David Mamet, depicts a struggle between a student, Carol, who cannot understand the material and her somewhat smug professor, John, who seems preoccupied with the things going on in his life at the time. In Mamet’s play, power shifts as the plot advances, as although John starts with his power as a teacher, Carol tears it from his hands by putting his job at risk; however, there also exists another, quick shift of power through John’s display of violence at the end of the play

  • An Analysis of Mamet’s Play, Glengarry Glen Ross

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    company, stock market, contract, robbery, consumption, etc. These are all economic concepts. A reader, in order to understand the play, must be familiarized with such economic vocabulary. Some of these technical terms such as ‘lead’ is explained by Mamet in the course of the play. The fact is that the subject of money inevitably requires the language of money. In every play the characters become important when they are universal. I do not agree with this, What Samuel Beckett famously held about Joyce’s

  • Language’s Influence in the Confusion of Student and Teacher Roles in Oleanna

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    John and Carol. The ambiguous language that Mamet chooses to use in Act I creates a misunderstanding between John and Carol about the help that Carol is asking for. Carol is constantly pleading with John for understanding and telling him to “Teach me. Teach me” (Mamet 12). She implores John to help her understand the material in the book for his class. John tries to explain to Carol his interpretation of her problem and his solution, but is unsuccessful (Mamet 10). He believes that Carol’s problem involves

  • Whos The Boss?

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    with a certain amount of respect and professionalism. An employer should have control of their employees and make it clear that they are the boss. In David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross, however the relationship between the employees and the employer is extremely atypical. There is no correlation to what is believed to be the norm. The language Mamet uses in the play makes the peculiar relationship believable. The arguing and resentment can be felt be the reader. The employees in this particular

  • Modernism Essay

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    later followed Modernism, in her paper titled “Postmodernism.” In Arthur Miller’s essay titled Tragedy and the Common Man, Miller gives his ideas on Tragedy and the tragic hero, elements of modernism that can be found in his play Death of a Salesman. David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross is a play that showcases the characteristics Klages writes in her paper that are found in Postmodernism works. Although both Miller and Mamet’s plays deal with salesmen and the troubles of capitalism brought forth in such

  • The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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    believes in the American dream and is living his life aspiring to gain the wealth and materials associated with those of higher status in society. This American dream tears apart his family and the end result is his own demise. Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet, has a plot similar to Death of a Salesman in that it is about salesmen and it shows the effects of capitalism on people and society. A difference between the two, however, is that Glengarry Glen Ross includes a group of salesmen working a firm

  • Desecration of the American Dream in Glengarry Glen Ross

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    Desecration of the American Dream in Glengarry Glen Ross Glengarry Glen Ross portrays a harsh view of American business that not only contradicts, but also befouls the values of the "American Dream." The idealistic importance of fairness, equality, and the idea that hard work brings success included in this "dream" of American society is clearly not reality in this play. The values of work ethic, and equal opportunity are betrayed, and there is a notable presence of racism, sexism, and an savage

  • Oleanna

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    Oleanna by David Mamet documents what occurs between a professor and his student over a period of three meetings in which trivial daily interactions and their meanings are interpreted the wrong way. The critics who call Oleanna "a parable about the tragedy of failing to listen" are absolutely correct. If John and Carol had actually listened to each other, they may have been able to communicate effectively and nothing bad would have come from their meetings. Instead, due to the nature of their characters

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

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    In the play Glengarry Glen Ross, selling is like a complicated courtship. Richard Roma is sales. Throughout the play, we never once get a true insight into the real Richard Roma. All we know is that he is good at his job, greedy and calculating. His demeanor changes on a dime; he is whoever he needs to be in whatever situation he happens to be in. This is his edge. Roma starts out as a pseudo-intellectual sitting in a restaurant. He sees a man that he has never met before, Mr. Lingk, sitting by

  • Examples Of Power Shift In Oleanna

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    “Oleanna” Power Shift During the course of this play we see a significant power shift between the two main characters, John and Carol. John is trying to help his student Carol understand, but he goes a bit too far when he tries to empathize with her (Ward-Smythe, Kate). She mistakes it for something more, and goes on to accuse him of sexual harassment. When we are introduced to the characters, John is undoubtedly in control. He is the professor, while Carol is his student. However, as the play

  • An Innocent Man Wronged in Oleanna

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    are facts of life everyone: some people can't run as fast, or lift as much, or write as well. It is during these times that we must focus on what we can do well, and try to direct our goals around those features that make us good at something. In David Mamet's Oleanna, John loses his job and his house due to Carol's ignorance, lack of self-confidence, and overall inability to come to terms with her own short-comings as a student. This play epitomizes an act of complete degradation based solely on

  • David Mamet's Oleanna: Father-Daughter Relations

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    David Mamet's Oleanna: Father-Daughter Relations The most evident and natural of all hierarchal relationships is that of parent and child. This exists from the most primitive and savage of beasts to the most evolved and developed of primates. Thus, nearly all relationships can be made synonymous and equitable with this archetypal hierarchy. The parent-child relationship is perhaps the most delicate, intricate, and dysfunctional of all relationships in existence. Parents regularly disappoint

  • David Mamet's The House of Games and David Lynch's Blue Velvet

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    David Mamet's The House of Games and David Lynch's Blue Velvet Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control another person's mind? The mere capabilities of someone possessing this powerful of an influence on others has a twisted and very horrifying , yet interesting sense of bewildering control and has boggled the minds of many for centuries. There have been several instances of historical examples in which a person in power somehow persuades the people under them to surrender their

  • The Psalm 59

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    Many moments in life, whether moments of joy, grief, awe, strength, wisdom, worship, or petition, require a means of communication that is beyond normal, day-to-day means. Poetry uses imagery, repetition, contrast, structure, and thought to become more meaningful and powerful than can be expressed any other way. Psalms, which are defined as sacred songs sung to musical accompaniment (Vines 497), are fascinating to us, and use elements of poetry to help us learn moral lessons and grow closer to God

  • Comparing the Three Statues of David

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    Comparing the Three Statues of David The pieces of art I will be comparing and contrasting are the three statues of David, by Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi), Michelangelo (Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni), and Bernini (Gian Lorenzo Bernini). The statues are modeled after the biblical David, who was destined to become the second king of Israel. Also most famously known as the slayer of the Philistine giant Goliath with a stone and a sling. The sculptures are all based

  • McKay's America

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    McKay's America 1)”America” is written in a Public voice. McKay writes this poem as though it is meant to be heard by all. However, there are some parts in “America” where it takes a more personal approach. For example, when McKay states “Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.” and also when he mentions how he gazes into the days ahead. I find in those sections of the poem McKay takes a more personal approach because of the specifics mentioned solely