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Analysis

Literary Devices in Glengarry Glen Ross

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

The city itself doesn't necessarily mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Mamet is a Chicago guy and he did some time in Chicago real estate so he knows how it operates, but what's actually...

Genre

No dragons, warriors, or magic spells here—Glengarry Glen Ross is all about real-world problems and real people who are shaped by that world. That said, though, there are some great debates among...

Tone

Gritty is one of those words usually reserved for intense cop dramas with stark lighting and lot of death. However, Mamet's world of real estate is a gritty one in its own right. This is a world wh...

Writing Style

What can you say, some writers just have a style all their own. Mamet is one of those writers. Like we said, his style is so unique, it's got its own word to describe it. Many have tried to imitate...

What's Up With the Title?

If you're trying to decipher some hidden definition of Glengarry Glen Ross, you'll be looking for a long time—the name just comes from the properties the guys are trying to sell (Glengarry Highla...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

"ALWAYS BE CLOSING"—Practical Sales MaximMan, that maxim is so powerful it deserves its own monologue. Oh wait—it has one. Phew. This phrase plays such an important role in the play that when i...

What's Up With the Ending?

Levene steps into the room with the cops, and cue the dramatic music and blackout.Oh, oops—that's not how the play ends. While that's the end of Levene's journey, Mamet chooses to go back to the...

Tough-o-Meter

Mamet's style is all his own, and if you're not used to it, it can take a while to grasp some of the tricks he's playing with language. As a reader it's about a seven on the tough-o-meter (stick wi...

Plot Analysis

Chinese Food for AllAct 1 is all exposition. Mamet doles out bits and pieces of information in each scene that will all make sense in the final Act. We jump right in with Williamson and Levene. Fro...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Okay, nobody ends up with their eyes gauged out like in Oedipus Rex,and there are no sword fights and dead bodies like at the end of Hamlet, but Glengarry Glen Ross still fits the tragedy bill quit...

Three-Act Plot Analysis

A lot of two-act plays actually fall right in line with the classic three-act structure. Glengarry Glen Ross is not one of those plays. You can make it work, and there definitely is a build in the...

Trivia

You wouldn't think it, but the hard hitting, foul-mouthed Mamet wrote a hit children's play: Revenge of the Space Pandas. (Source) Mamet's favorite actor might be his wife, Rebecca Pidgeon. She's a...

Steaminess Rating

There might not be a less romantic, less steamy play than Glengarry Glen Ross. It's literally all business. Roma briefly talks about women he's been with in a general and somewhat sleazy way, but t...

Allusions

Shiva and Vishnu—(2.1.232-234): Roma references the Hindu gods while making some racial slurs towards Indians. Yep, that's the kind of guy Roma is.Bishop Sheen—(2.1.406): Bishop Sheen was a cle...
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