American Buffalo

by David Mamet

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 163

Look at some current bestsellers that offer their readers techniques for success in the workplace: are any of the values or assumptions suggested by their authors like those held by the characters in American Buffalo?

Compare and contrast the business ideals of American Buffalo's characters with those found in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. How do characters in Miller's play (such as Willy, Ben, and Howard) offer the viewer attitudes about business similar to or different from those seen in Don and Teach?

Compare and contrast Mamet's depiction of "good business" in American Buffalo with that seen in his Glengarry Glen Ross: how do both plays (when read together) seem to create a world where the American capitalist mythology is exaggerated?

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot concerns a pair of tramps who wait for a man named Godot who never arrives. How is Beckett's Godot like Mamet's Fletcher? How are Don and Teach like Vladimir and Estragon, Beckett's devoted but anxious tramps?

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