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The Usual Suspects

Posted on April 16, 2018

The news of someone committing the robbery is quite laughable at this point in the story. In Act 1 we were greeted by a cast of frustrated salesmen all except for Roma who has seemed to be doing pretty well for himself up until this moment. To me the obvious suspects as to who would have committed said crime would be Aaronow and Moss. However, what strikes me most about the act is the fact that Levene finally made a sale and we can finally witness what kind of a person he truly is, he is a sore loser seeming to blame as many external factors as possible in order to shift the faults away from himself. He is also a not so pleasant winner in terms of jumping back into the office and bragging about the sale he had just made to the Nyborgs. It is understandable considering the fact that he has not closed a sale in a long time and was desperate to do so but by the way he entered the office it almost seems that he really had nothing else going for him in life other than being able to succeed in closing these sales. His whole identity revolves around the fact that he was once at his prime in terms of closing clients, we as the audience even get a glimpse of that reality in which he is given a not sincere nickname called “The Machine” from his colleagues. But we are also introduced to Levene at his worst in terms of being unable to close the leads he has been given which speaks volumes as to what type of a person who truly is. Whether we were introduced to Levene during his prime we would still have to have witnessed his demise into the desperate shell of a man pleading Williamson for better leads. Of course, it wouldn’t have been as bad if Levene had another source of validation other than his job. Perhaps if he were to go home and actually spend time with his family he would be at a better place in terms of not connecting his whole identity to the fact he can close sales. However since he does we see the true identity of a man who although wants to do the best for himself can really get carried away with his successes to the point where he relies on them emotionally.

Comments

  1. Jessica Hautsch

    Really good analysis of Levene. For me, any good will that he earned in the first act is squandered in the second. He does come across as arrogant, and he seems to be on a bit of a power trip in the office. It is interesting to watch how his interactions with Williamson shift throughout the act. Why do you think that Levene’s only sense of actualization comes from his job? What does that suggest about class and gender identities?

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