What is Oleanna?
What is Oleanna ? Is it a perfect world, or is it a world… The play
Olenna by David Mamet gives us a real perspective on our modern
education system and society. John the white male college professor is the
victim in this play. And Carol the female student is the fascist. John is an
exceptional teacher that love to teach and refuse to let the fascist takeover
the academic freedom of our education.
Early in the play, both John and Carol are
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Oleanna is a two character play about a power struggle between a University Professor, John, and a student, Carol, who accuses John of sexual harassment. The play begins when John, a condescending University Professor who holds power with his status, expresses his frustration at Carol's class performance as she deduces that he is buying a house. He feels she is, in reality, bright but troubled, and she agrees, citing her social and economic background
correctness was right. Political correctness repressed people’s abilities to freedom of speech and therefore there were many differing opinions on how much political correctness would restrict whatever they wanted to say. As this issue is predominant in Oleanna, it reflects just how dominating political correctness was in both society and education at the time. It is evident that John disregards political correctness and mocks Carol for trying to enforce it upon him.
It is apparent the main purpose of
over the course of the twentieth century, main characters, Katherina from “Taming of the Shrew”, and Carol in “Oleanna”, nonetheless portray the 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
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
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 one individual's
conversation. But the telephone also provides a pause in the conversation as the characters react to the call, this also gives the audience time to gather opinions of characters and catch up with the quick and often hyperbolical “Mamet speech”.
"Oleanna" although devoid of any meaningful and normal speech forces the audience to communicate. The play stimulates discussion. Mamet wants us to question their values of Society.
We see that both characters like chalk and cheese. They share a profound
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
1. Compare and contrast how, and for what dramatic purpose, the writers of The History Boys and Oleanna present characters who display both vulnerability and villainy.
In both Oleanna and History Boys the writers include many controversial subjects to portray the characters in the plays to be both vulnerable and villainy. In Oleanna, Mamet involves sexual harassment and power throughout the play. Although, instead of using scenarios of sexual harassment near the time of the play (Clarence Thomas
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
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