HAROLD PINTER’S THE BIRTHDAY PARTY AS A SIGNIFICANT PLAY OF THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

Sana Mansuri

Abstract


A lot of writers all over the world have attempted to write in this genre, but the main pioneers are Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. This paper examines the famous play The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter as a Theatre of the Absurd play. The present paper attempts to highlight the absurd characteristics present in Pinter’s play which begins in a comic way but has physical and potential violence involved in it. It’s all about a sheltered young man who fears visitors.


Keywords


The Theatre of the Absurd, Existentialism, imagery, dialogues, senselessness.

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References


(1) Pinter, Harold. The Birthday Party. London: Faber and Faber. 1982. Print.

(2) Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd. London: Penguin Books. 1980. Print.

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(5) "The Birthday Party (play)." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 Jul. 2020. Web. 25 Sep. 2020.


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