Act Like a Man: Challenging Masculinities in American Drama by Robert Vorlicky
By Robert Vorlicky
How males converse with one another on level whilst no girls are present--and what it tells us approximately strength and gender
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A few extended samples from Levene and Williamson's inter- change illustrate not only their metalinguistic patterns, but those of the other characters as well throughout Glengarry Glen Ross. Williamson: Levene: Levene: Williamson: Levene: Williamson: Levene: [Y]ou didn't close... I, if you'd listen to me. Please. I closed the cocksucker.... That's all I want to say. (16) [T]hen what is this "you say" shit, what is that? ] What is that... All that I'm saying... What is this "you say"?... [T]alk, talk to Murray.
Williamson: Levene: Levene: Williamson: Levene: Williamson: Levene: [Y]ou didn't close... I, if you'd listen to me. Please. I closed the cocksucker.... That's all I want to say. (16) [T]hen what is this "you say" shit, what is that? ] What is that... All that I'm saying... What is this "you say"?... [T]alk, talk to Murray. Talk to Mitch.... You talk to him.... You want to throw [my skill] away? It isn't me.... it isn't you.... Who is it? Who is this I'm talk- ing to? (17-18) Fuck marshaling the leads.
This can occur either when participants literally say nothing to one another, or when a speaker engages in monologues because his listener is uncoopera- tive or nonreciprocal in providing verbal responses. In both in- stances, silence becomes "abusive," or offensive, in its violation of interpersonal communication; silence in and of itself, however, is not automatically an uncooperative feature in talk exchanges. When silence does violate the dynamics of interpersonal communi- cation in drama, it is most often the outcome of characters who either deliberately resist taking any responsibility to share in the creation of a text or oppose revealing why they prefer to remain silent.