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Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross

by David Mamet

Glengarry Glen Ross Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Competition

Welcome to the office. You'll notice a big board on the wall that ranks you in order of sales. If you're on top of the board, you win a car. If you're second, you still have a job. If you're third...

Manipulation

If we've learned anything from Glengarry Glen Ross it's that the way to close a sale is to totally manipulate the person you're talking to. Roma, Moss, and Levene all seem to be masters of manipula...

Dissatisfaction

It's one thing to always be looking out for the next big thing or to aim for that next step you want to take in your life or your career, but it's another thing to just be plain dissatisfied. For m...

Ambition

You want to be #1 on the board, don't you? Or, better yet, you want to be your own boss? Maybe you want to relive those glory days when you were the king around these parts and everybody looked up...

Men and Masculinity

Take note: there is not a single woman in this play. A few women are mentioned, but we know nothing about them other than they are either ignored (Shelly's daughter) or disdained (Lingk's wife) or...

Rules and Order

Any time the cops show up, you know we're going to have to get into rules and order just a little. However, this theme goes beyond just breaking the law in this play. There are rules and order of t...

Choices

ROMA: What I'm saying, what is our life? (Pause.) It's looking forward or it's looking back. And that's our life. (1.3.38-40)That choice—to look forward or to look back—rests at the center of G...

Respect/Reputation

The "R" word gets dropped pretty early in Glenglarry Glen Ross. Levene explains to Williamson that a man gets a reputation based on how he acts when he's crushing it and how he acts when he's deali...

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