The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

897 WordsJan 31, 20184 Pages
On a warm, rainy Tuesday night, I attended the play called The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. The Birthday Party was held in Rowand-Johnson Hall, at the Allen Bales Theatre. As I walked in the entrance, I noticed that people had on dresses and casual attire. I gave the usher my ticket and walked to my seat. This time my seat was located on the side of the theatre which was very hard to see. I am not too fond of this particular theatre because it is very dark, small, and narrow. This play is known to be a “comedy of menace” which deals with different themes, strange characters, and peculiar technical elements that I will discuss throughout the paper. The play The Birthday Party is known to reflect upon its absurdist roots. He constantly shows how the absurd can be brought into our everyday lives. The Theatre of the Absurd is explained to be “the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose and therefore all communication breaks down. Logical construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and to its ultimate conclusion, silence.” Absurd plays typically involve the irony of realism. Pinter does a great job expressing the meaning of the absurd throughout his characters actions and leaves the audience questioning what the actual meaning of the play is. There are several themes in the play that help structure the story in a way that the audience can relate to or easily identify. The three major themes include: confusion, language, and
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