Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How is David Mamet’s American Buffalo a study of American capitalism?

What are the symbolic implications of the buffalo in American Buffalo?

Consider acts 1 and 2 of Glengarry Glen Ross. How does the structure of each differ, and how does that structure contribute to the play as a whole?

How do the salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross each meet the expectations and challenges of the business world? Who perpetuates and who defies the conventions of ethical and unethical business strategies?

How does the telephone function in Oleanna?

Consider the physical characteristics, acts, and gestures of Carol and John in Oleanna. How do they contribute to characterization and plot development?

In The Old Neighborhood, how are Bobby Gould’s name and identity problematic?

What do the characters of The Old Neighborhood seek?