Essay about Glengarry Glen Ross, Desecration of the American Dream in

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Desecration of the American Dream in Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross portrays a harsh view of American business that not only contradicts, but also befouls the values of the "American Dream." The idealistic importance of fairness, equality, and the idea that hard work brings success included in this "dream" of American society is clearly not reality in this play. The values of work ethic, and equal opportunity are betrayed, and there is a notable presence of racism, sexism, and an savage system of "dog-eat-dog" competition. A main focus of the play is the never-ending hunt for leads. "Leads" are cards containing information on prospective customers with interest in buying land. Many of these leads are said to be
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These statements clearly show the contempt for minorities, as generally hard-working immigrants are criticized for their conservation in spending money.
The presence of sexism is more subtle, but nonetheless notable. There seems to be an assumed connection between masculinity and selling ability. Shelly Levine attributes manager John Williamson's inability to run an office and poor business ability to his lack of masculinity, saying, "you don't have the balls" (p. 76). Richard Roma also attacks Williamson, calling him a "cunt," and asking, "Whoever told you you could work with men?" (p. 96). Levine also insults Williamson for his incompetence, saying that he "isn't man enough" to know what to do, after informing a client that his check had been cashed when Roma was trying to convince him of the opposite. These statements show that these salesmen are not only sexist and racist, but they also subscribe to white-male domination, a notion that was fought against in the Civil War, and also
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denounced in the Constitution of the United States of America with the well-known line, "all men are created equal."
Frustration from not getting premium leads, along with greed, lead Levine to a plan to break into the office and steal the leads, contracts, phones, and other important items. He would then sell them to Jerry Graff, an independent Real Estate agent. Theft and dishonesty

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