engender controversy over issues for which the playwright has no solution
Rorschach test- personality test where people interpret inkblots in different ways Oleanna is like an inkblot- in which different viewers see very different things
Oleanna controversy over:
poltical corrrectness gender conflict views of power and sexism (patriarchal society)
leaves much of the interpretation open to the viewer
an interpretation becomes much more difficult when there is no single agreed upon standard or point of view = continual conflict between groups
1st amendment in the constitution leads to many conflicts
Clarence Thomas vs. Anita Hill
Clarence Thomas African American Judge nominated to the Supreme Court Anita Hill a law professor Thomas allegedly had subjected Hill to prolonged and consistent sexual harrassment when she was his assistant a few years earlier Thomas denied all accusations
"I think he wanted to see me vulnerable and that, if I were vulnerable, then he could extract whatever he wanted,"
in a two person confrontation each might see the events entirely differently
Carol thinks answers are either right or wrong "I did what you told me.."
stage after dualism could be plenty of answers 'everyone has their own point of view'
stage after multiplicity different starting points give different points of view
stage after relativism accepting one framework out of many within which you find a basis for choices of right and wrong
John's version of education
education should teach you to think for yourself however as Carol is at the stage of dualism this is incomprehendable
Stanislavski (1863- 1928)
actors should e more subtle than obvious should look realistic on stage
believed that everyone's identity and power changes depending on who they engage with, circumstances and self image it is not fixed
Carol often fails to communicate conveyed through stops, interruptions and false starts