Right, basically, I'm studying Oleana by David Mamet for my english lit and drama A-levels and I'm confused by Carol's last lines: "Yes. That's right." We've had several ideas but I would be interested in hearing others Personally, at first I thought Mamet had got bored or something and jotted anything down (joking obvs) but there's obviously a significance to the lines that I'm not picking up on, so like I said, I would appreciate any thoughts and opinions Thanks.
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Oleana- David Mamet HELP PLEASE watch
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- 13-04-2011 17:27
- 19-04-2011 11:20
Sorry this is completely off the top of my head, from rusty memory (it was a long time ago that I studied it!)! Hope I don't lead you in the wrong direction!
But as far as I remember, Carol has never agreed with the teacher (can't remember his name!) so is this the first time that she is actually agreeing with him?
Normally also doesn't she have a lot more to say than just three words?
Think along those lines maybe? But as I say it was a while ago that I studied it so don't take my words for gospel!
- 19-04-2011 11:37
Hi, yes it has been a few years for me as well, but from what I can remember when Carol says, "That's right" it can basically translate as "That's right I win."
The power struggle throughout, which contains big bits of speech, does not have an obvious victor. The audience knows that Carol's allegations are false yet at the end no one can deny that what John did was wrong - yet still most people would side with John still after the beating! Which is why Mamet is so clever.
From these short words (That's right) Carol knows that John has played right into her hands and cannot save his career or send his son to the good school. John may have the short term power - shown in the beating. But Carol ultimately wins, and this is shown in her last words. She doesn't need to argue her point like she has done throughout the play, (the last words act as a nice contrast to the heavy dialogue in the play beforehand) not even John can prove his innocence now.
Hope this helps!
- 19-04-2011 11:50
Woops! My post was completely wrong! More rusty than I tought! Sorry!