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Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the Duck Variations: Two Plays Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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David Mamet as a playwright typically has a very strong perspective in his plays. How does perspective come into play in Sexual Perversity in Chicago? How does a character's perspective influence his or her behavior? How does it influence the behavior of others? Examine each character throughout the play and discuss how their specific perspective contributes to the action of the play:

1) Bernie.

2) Joan.

3) Deborah.

4) Danny.

When Danny and Deborah argue about the shampoo, is their argument really all about the shampoo? Why or why not? How is their power struggle indicative of the time period in the play? What are the larger societal implications of their argument? Reexamine the scene. Point out who has the power at what moment and why.

During a fight with Deborah, Danny claims he does not mind physical violence but cannot abide emotional violence. What insight does this gives about Danny's character...

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