The Birthday Party | Critical Essay by Charles Edelman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of The Birthday Party.
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Critical Essay by Charles Edelman

SOURCE: Edelman, Charles. “Pinter's The Birthday Party.Explicator 52, no. 3 (spring 1994): 176-79.

In the following essay, Edelman explicates a one-line reference to the game of cricket in Pinter's The Birthday Party.

Goldberg and McCann's interrogation of Stanley, in Harold Pinter's first full-length work, The Birthday Party, is to many an exemplar of what came to be called the comedy of menace. Within a ferocious few minutes of stage time, Stanley is subjected to a bombardment of accusations and questions:

I'm telling you, Webber. You're a washout. Why are you getting on everybody's wick? … When did you last wash up a cup? … Why did you kill your wife? … There's no juice in you. You're nothing but an odour.1

As if this were not sufficient, Stanley must also give an opinion on eternal philosophical matters, from...

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