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Im convinced that what happens in my plays could happen anywhere at any time in any place although the events may seem unfamiliar at first glance If you press me for a definition I would say that what happens in my plays is realistic but what I am doing is not realism -Harold Pinter It isnt clear what Harold Pinter wants to say in his plays This perhaps is why he has become my favorite playwright Although it is generally easy to identify the seed of Pinters drama when you ask a group to describe it you will hear a diverse and unending spew of explanation no two responses alike In The Birthday Party we are aware that Stanleys situation is a bad one and we sypathize with his predicament but what is his predicament exactly Who are Goldberg and McCann Is Stanley guilty of something There are numerous answers to either question In fact there are so many possibilities that when anyone who has seen the play attempts an explanation they will likely be right The Birthday Party is also aside from its evidently British colloquial the sort of story which could be easily adapted and set nearly anywhere as all of the characters are nonspecific enough to live wherever one might see fit to place them It is realistic enough that just like in real life any witness can testify as to what they have seen It is unrealistic in a more superficial sense we arent given all the concrete facts that serve to specify who any of Pinters characters are In effect we do not get an outline from the word go which explains what we should expect We dont get to expect anything All of his early works were full of these characters written in the moment only no life stories no reflective monologues In later works like A Kind of Alaska in which a woman
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