Oleanna Response

Oleanna Response - Samantha Zid Theater 191, Russell Blain...

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Samantha Zid Theater 191, Russell Blain 6/09/2011 Play Response Oleanna Response “lf the young child is told he cannot understand. Then he takes it as a description of himself.” I found this line in Olenna , written by David Mamet, to be a pivotal part of the theme. John is teaching Carol that we are a product of what people tell us we are until we break out of that mold. John is urging Carol to break out of hers, as he did his. The irony in his quest is that he has never truly broken this mold himself. While reading this play I found that one of the main themes is perception. There can be a big difference on the way people perceive you and how you perceive yourself. The actual you is defined by whether you listen to the other people or yourself. Throughout this play we see both of the characters, John and Carol, struggle with who they really are. During the first act of the play I saw Carol as a weak character who was desperately trying to dig herself out of a failing grade, she turns out to be much more
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