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Title: The Affirmative Absurd In Harold Pinter's Early Plays
Keywords: Harold Pinter; Birthday Party; The Dwarfs; Silence; Affirmative; Martin Esslin
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2008
Citation: WONG YEANG CHUI (2008-06-03). The Affirmative Absurd In Harold Pinter's Early Plays. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation utilizes Esslinb s coinage as a springboard to explore the affirmative elements in Pinterb s works thorough a careful and sensitive treatment of the b intrusionb metaphor as one that is manifest not only in the violation of internal-external space, but also in class conflict, language, and memory. My study of three early playsb The Birthday Party (1957), The Dwarfs (1963), and Silence (1969), juxtaposed against a study of The Proust Screenplay (1972)b aims to identify the unlikely affirmative elements in Pinterb s works to show that when we reframe our modes of interpretation, they essentially demonstrate a form of Sisyphean optimism that, even in the midst of gloom and despair, affirms liberation and renewal, embodying, in Hall's words, Pinterb s b unblinkingly accurateb scrutiny of absurd existence.
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