Harold Pinter | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Harold Pinter.
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SOURCE: “Radical Mimesis: The ‘Pinter Problem’ Revisited,” in Comparative Drama, Vol. 26, No. 3, Fall, 1992, pp. 218-36.

In the following essay, Saltz examines the difference between concept and meaning in the language of Pinter's plays.

When Goldberg grills Stanley in The Birthday Party about whether “the number 849” is “possible or necessary,”1 or Gus challenges Ben in The Dumbwaiter about whether one should say “light the kettle” instead of “light the gas” (I, 141), or Lenny battles with Ruth in The Homecoming over whether he will “relieve” her of her water glass (III, 49), the objects of the characters' discourse—a number, a figure of speech, a glass—hardly seem to warrant the intense interest the characters invest in them. One might try to explain...

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