David Mamet Drama Analysis - Essay

David Mamet Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

David Mamet is an ethicist. From his initial plays—Camel, Lakeboat—to those pivotal works that first brought him notoriety—Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo—and from Glengarry Glen Ross to Oleanna, Mamet explores a delicate moral balance between private self-interests and larger public issues that shape modern culture. Indeed, Mamet is at his best when critiquing the tensions between his heroes’ sense of public responsibility and their definition of private liberties. Throughout his theater, Mamet presents a dialectic that, on the one hand, recognizes the individual’s right to pursue vigorously entrepreneurial interests, but that, on the other,...

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