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In "Oleana" David Mamet deals with the problems of communications between the sexes, problems that escalate into charges of sexual harrassment and even worse. John is a university professor. Carol, one of his students comes to his office for a conference to discuss her work. John is preoccupied with other things. He says things he feels are perfectly acceptable, but Carol understands them quite differently. In two further conferences the misunderstandings simply multiply creating a violent confrontation.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Life of a profession:    -   teacher Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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