Infidelity, Unfaithfulness, and Modesty in "Betrayal" Essay

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Infidelity, unfaithfulness, and modesty outline the surface of the play Betrayal written by Harold Pinter. From afar the relationships between the trio of characters seems normal but; when taking a deeper look, the correlations are noticeably dysfunctional. The three main characters, Emma, Jerry and Robert interact kindly, never seem to interrupt one another, ask innocent questions and do not, generally, inspect over much the answers. They help each other over the occasional awkward moments and talk when necessary. But these characters rejoice when knowing something that someone else does not and that knowledge is sometimes translated into power. Though it takes time, sometimes even years to breach things under the surface eventually and…show more content…
She no longer exudes this strong woman image but rather takes on a weaker demeanor. We see this powerless image of her in several scenes when meeting with Jerry she constantly needs to be reassured of his love. At the beginning of the play in Spring 1977 where Emma and Jerry are sharing drinks at the pub, she is very emotional. Her feelings for Jerry during this scene are evident as she asks, “Ever think of me?” and “You think of me sometimes?” (Pinter 17). Her insecurity and low self-esteem shines brightly in this encounter with her ex-lover. During that first scene Emma confesses to Jerry that Robert has been cheating on her and that “he’s had other women for years.” (Pinter 25) Yet she insists on feeling hurt and does not feel guilty for her mirrored actions. In scene 4, when Jerry comes to visit Robert and Emma at their house, upon leaving Emma breaks away and cries quietly on Robert’s shoulder. She seems overwhelmed with all of the interactions. At this point in the play Robert knows of Jerry and Emma’s affair but Jerry has no idea that he is aware. Emma is most likely weighed down by the lies and feels besieged with all of the secrets surrounding her. Slowly we see a once strong woman turn into a weak and unhappy person. Initially displeased with her marriage, she now has lost her lover as well as getting a divorce with her husband. When you compare the Emma from

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