Oleanna Topics for Discussion

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David Mamet has a very distinct writing style, particularly when it comes to his dialogue. First, describe Mamet's writing style in "Oleanna". Then, explain how this distinct style reflects the plays themes and content. Does this style add to or detract from your enjoyment of the piece? Why? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Describe the balance of power between John and Carol. At the opening of the play, who holds the most power in their relationship? How can you tell? Describe how that power balance shits through the course of the three acts. In the end, who has the most control in their relationship? How was that control gained? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

What is the role of telephone on John's desk? Why does it constantly ring? Who is trying...

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