a) “Where did you learn that? In school?” (1.1.95) (i) Levene attempts to ridicule Williamson by claiming that the only knowledge he holds is from school. This makes him view Williamson as lesser because he lacks the experience to back his authority over them. b) “A man acquires a reputation. On the street.” (1.1.216-217) (i) Levene continues on the same streak of insulting Williamson, claiming that he himself has earned his reputation “on the street” by working hard for years. The other salesmen have the same background, more or less having to earn their position. c) “I don’t care whose nephew you are, who you know, whose dick you’re sucking on.” (2.1. ) (i) The final blow to Williamson is delivered by Roma. After losing an important client, he goes off on a rant claiming that Williamson has probably earned his position of authority in an illegitimate way. B) P2: Possibly the one similarity between Williamson and the salesmen in “Glengarry Glen Ross” is the fact that they both use manipulation to get what they want. However, their methods of manipulation still differ drastically. a) “What I'm saying, what is our life?” (1.3.38-39)
(i) Roma manages to convince Lingk that what they're talking about is related to the meaning of life, instead of just being something he’s trying to sell. Roma and the other salesmen’s methods of manipulation are very sly and hard to decipher. This
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- Glengarry Glen Ross, Meaning of life, David Mamet, Williamson, salesmen