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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

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    Compare the theatrical techniques and staging in act one of Oleanna and Street Car Named Desire The two plays Street car named desire and Oleanna are very different plays in their use of theatrical devices. Tennesse Williams’ play Street Car Named Desire gives us a long description of the New Orleans world its based in. Describing the flats with the name “elysan fields” relating the to heaven despite the appearance of the street that seems “falling apart at the fabric of the seems”, the colour

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    Summary of “The Modern Academy Raging In The Dark” by Richard Badenhausen In David Mamet’s Oleanna, the inclusion of the controversial topics of gender conflict, sexual harassment and political correctness in colleges led most critics to point to these as the main themes of the play. A year before it the play appeared, the Clarence Thomas-Hill controversy had occurred, helping push these issues in the play to the forefront of reader’s minds. However, the “difficulties of acquiring and controlling

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    Re-read Act 1 from page 34 (Carol: What do you think?) to the end of page 41. Discuss how Mamet presents the significance and the effects of misunderstanding in this extract and at least one other point in the play. Throughout David Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’ the effects of misunderstanding is a central theme. You could say that John’s incapability to listen to and understand Carol’s situation is the reason for the miscommunication in this extract. Whilst Carol is getting upset and tries to explain her

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    “Oleanna" is a play written by David Mamet in the early 1990s, during the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas sexual harassment scandal. This took place precisely in the year 1991 after two years of employment with Anita Hill as an assistant to Clarence Thomas. David Mamet wrote this play in the year 1992 and he wrote it based on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas incident. Different readers interpret every piece of literature differently. There is no possibility that two readers have the exact understanding

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    Abuse Of Power In Oleanna

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    Oleanna, a play by David Mamet, is a drama play that focuses on two characters; John, a University Professor and Carol, one of his students that accuses him of sexual misconduct. Throughout the three acts of Oleanna, the developmental changes in each character leads to a gradual power shift from John to Carol. This can be seen through the John’s preset authority as a professor at the beginning, Carol’s gradual acquisition of the power by adjusting her behavior to John’s, and John’s inevitable downfall

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    Oleanna is undoubtedly a controversial play. Due to a lack of background information and a plethora of ambiguousness, the characters and situation can be read in numerous different ways. The strongest rhetoric in Oleanna seems to align with anti-feminists. Anti-feminists may see the play as vindication for their prejudices and stereotypes against women. It seems that this play could cause more grief and misunderstandings between two groups that have been rife with troubles for ages. During the

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    Oleanna Play Analysis

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    find his writing to be so brilliant. Plus the scenes I have seen people do never sound natural: too many cryptic pauses and unfinished thoughts, not enough contractions, and Mamet's penchant for saying "do you see?" instead of "you know?". Anyway Oleanna was a pleasant surprise because in reading the text it occurred to me that the language could be made to sound more natural if the actor works at it. So maybe what I have seen so far suffered at the hands of inexperienced

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    Oleanna Play Analysis

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    The play Oleanna was presented from May 17, 18, and 19 of this year. Shown in Scheidegger Theater. I went the first day of production. There were only two characters onstage during the play: John, a university professor, and Carol, one of his students. The actors did a good job with their representation however some reactions looked a little bit over rehearsed. The actors used no microphones but it was easy to hear them speak. Their tone was high enough to be understood, but the play itself is very

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    Oleanna by David Mamet

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    Mamet Speech is characterized by hyperbolically abrupt dialogue (Simonson, 2013) that is filled with profanity. The speech seems easy to master as it is infused with so many curse words. Throughout the play, John gives heavy constricted and long worded speech which shows his teacher authority over Carol, as well as his dominance in the conversation. This is clearly evident in act one as Carol basks John means “What is, “something-other-than-useful.” The elaborate speech given by john highlights

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