“Glengarry Glen Ross:” The Division Authority Creates It’s as if we never stopped running. Eight “suicide sprints” here, another nine laps there; things never got easier for my team and I. Despite the fact that we were all competing amongst one another for a starting position, the suffering that we went through in every game and practice only helped to strengthen the bonds between us. However, we weren’t alone in this. Behind our unbreakable will to win was our coach, whose strawberry jelly-filled donut dripped onto the gym floor in perfect unison with our beads of sweat. It was easy to hate this man, for he did not share our struggle, but was simply hired to orchestrate it. His position of authority over us combined with his lack of understanding for our hard work and determination created a wide division between us. In Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” the contentious relationship that the salesmen share with their manager, Williamson, is similar to the one my team and I had with our coach. In the play, the salesmen differ from Williamson through their backgrounds, their methods of manipulation, and through their idea of what it takes to be a man. The salesmen in the play have reached their levels of success and earned their positions in the workplace in completely different ways from Williamson. Their backgrounds are drastically different from his, causing them to not see eye to eye on several important matters. These differences are first highlighted as Levene ridicules Williamson with sarcastic questions such as “Where did you learn that? In school?” (1.1.95). By claiming that the only knowledge
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- Spring '14
- Glengarry Glen Ross, Meaning of life, David Mamet, Williamson, salesmen