Glengarry Glen Ross Essay

Glengarry Glen Ross

My impressions about David Mamet’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross” are a little bit confusing as I have both positive and negative emotions after watching it. Negative emotions emerge when I see the cruelty and tragedy of the world described in it and positive fulfill every time Mamet uses humor tricks in order to cover the negative sides. Overall I can characterize the as a thrilling motion filled with drama, tragedy, bitter along with sarcastic humor. This play showed me the world of business from its negative sides when it is cold and calculating. As a matter of fact I have seen this kind of human’s nature that makes the business of this character and truly saying it was not the best side of people’s nature I have seen expressed in plays. The language of this play is not natural and seemed to me a little bit cruel. When speaking with the language of “sledgehammer the goals” the characters become dark and ruthlessness figures to an independent viewer.

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 As for the “The Bonfire of the Vanities” excerpt by Tom Wolfe I would like to give my comments about one of the characters named Sherman McCoy – a Wall Street investment banker and snobbish person.  I have a familiar who is of similar appearance and manners. He wears the same cloth – a checked shirt, khaki pants, and leather boating moccasins. From his appearance you will never guess who in fact is this person and what it looks like to talk with him. He is young, tall, a wonderful and imperious posture.  He is proud of himself to the extent of everyone’s surprise about the person proud of the state he is in! Overall it was useful and interesting for me to read this novel that from the first lines was erupted with noise, color, tension and immediacy. Through Sherman McCoy I have observed the system that has broken down from the social code of basic good manners to the fair practices of the law.


“Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet.
“The Bonfire of the Vanities” excerpt by Tom Wolfe.