Free David Mamet Essays and Papers

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  • Review of the Play Glengarry Glen Ross

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    Glengarry Glen Ross is a play about an office of real-estate salesmen in Chicago and an amazing day in their lives. It was written by the playwright David Mamet. The first thing that I had noticed about the play, Glengarry Glen Ross is that it is a play about talking. The characters talk in a way which is different than a lot of other plays that I have read. The conversations seems very fast and aggressive, the salesmen are always selling, even in their normal, everyday conversations. Before

  • Personal Experience: Home is Where the Heart Is

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    to return to the city of New Orleans for the first two years of my annual trips, I was caught in an utter state of awe at what I discovered after my wish was finally realized on the third time... ... middle of paper ... ...ght I was, and as David Mamet writes, “that is whom I [pretended] to be” (The Cabin, 123). I find that no two people are alike and everyone has their own reasons and stories for being in such a distinguished city. I am proud to share a city with people who lost most, if not

  • Taming of the Shrew and Oleanna: Women Supersede

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    exceptions or even the extremes, of feminine independence and superiority to the norm of patriarchy within not only the household, but within society as well (Traversi 96). In both the “Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, and “Oleanna” by David Mamet, the authors write their female characters to have a power that is atypical for women in their respective eras, thus proving that women are able to manipulate and supersede men through verbal and intellectual prowess, as opposed to brawn. In the

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Always Be Closing

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    Always Be Closing Preceding the Play, David Mamet includes the phrase "Always Be Closing," and he titles it a "Practical Sales Maxim." In this essay, I will discuss how this philosophy not only applied to the sales attempts of the characters, but how it encompassed their entire approach to life. In the first dialogue of the play, Shelly Levene is speaking to John Williamson. He tells John, "All I am saying, that your wasting leads…All that I'm saying, things get set, I know they do, you get

  • 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

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    to each other and getting their hopes up of going to the “top”, not knowing they were measly a stepping stone for them. It leads them to bring out the good, bad, and the ugly of their morals. The works of Arthur Miller (Death of A Salesman), and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) portray the disrupted moralities of American society in their race to get to the top spot. In Mamet’s Glengarry, Glen Ross, there are multiple occasions where the morality of people are altered with the chance of either succeeding