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David Mamets Oleanna is story about blackmail power and scandal Carol is a twenty-year-old college student Nave and insecure at times she is worried about her grade She doesnt understand the professor or his course so she feels insufficient and threatened Carol clearly states that she cant afford to fail the course Using blackmail mixed with charm Carol will go beyond any limit to bring the professor down In Act I Carol puts on a fake innocent and emotional act Whenever she speaks she lets the professor cut her off Later she claims to be confused and frustrated because she doesnt understand Johns lesson and I walk around From morning til night with this one thought in my head Im stupid Then Carol turns it around and accuses him of calling her stupid You think Im stupid You said it Carols worries and insecurities spill out during class Nobody tells me anything And I sit there in the corner In the back And everybodys talking about this all the time And concepts and precepts and and and and and WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I DONT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS AND IM FAILING Carol uses this long emotional outburst to display her discomfort with the professors lesson This is a perfect example that shows Carols insecurity with herself Shes not strong at all so she panics and uses her emotions to suffice Later In Act I Carol displays a conniving trait She pretends to have sympathy for John by asking him about his personal problems You said everyone has problems You do What are they After John discusses his problems with his wife and work to Carol she uses the conversation in which she initiated against him Carol filed a sexual harassment report against John which stated He told me he had problems with his wife and that he wanted to take off the artificial stricture of Teacher
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