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  1. 1. Name-Bhatt Dhara. <br />Roll No :- 2<br />M.A Part :-2 Sem :- 3<br />Paper No :-E-C 301 <br />The Modernist Literature <br />Pinter’s Art of Characterization<br />Page -1<br />
  2. 2. The Past Histories of the Characters Not very Helpful<br />Pinter’s treatment of his themes and his characters in his plays is completely realistic.<br />In The Birthday Party, almost every character gives us some account of his or her past life.<br />Page -2<br />
  3. 3. The Missing Links in the Characterization<br />None of pinter’s characters are defined by their past history, because they are liable to distort it.<br />When stanley first appears he is unshaven,he is wearing a Pyjama jacket,and he is wearing spectacles.<br />Page -3<br />
  4. 4. Individualized Characters <br />Pinter’s does not believe in multiplicity of characters for a play .<br />At first glance, The Birthday Party seems to present a set stock characters, the staple diet served by authors in popular comedy sketches.<br />These characters appears to be instantly classifiable; they are flat and therefore unlikely to surprise anyone. <br />Page -4<br />
  5. 5. Convincing Characters<br />The three inmates of the boarding-house(Meg, petey and Stanley), the next-door neighbour (Lulu) ,and the two intruders (Goldberg and McCann) have all been realistically portrayed. <br />Their inter-relations and their encounters with one another have also convincingly been depicted. <br />The one thing lacking is the motivation behind the actions of least three of the four principle characters.<br />Page -5<br />
  6. 6. The Symbolic Significance of Three Characters<br />Goldberg and McCann have been regarded as possessing a symbolic significance.<br />According to one view, the men are embodiments of Stanley's thoughts and personifications of Stanley’s sense of guilt. <br />Messengers of death <br />Agents of repressive society<br />Representative force of corruption and violence <br />Page -6<br />
  7. 7. Conclusion<br />Stanley Webber-Life of aloofness-Puzzling behavior<br />Meg Boles-Petey’s wife –Good nature<br />Petey Boles –Dull and ambitionless<br />Nat Goldberg- Stranger <br /> Dermont McCann-stranger <br />Page -7<br />
  8. 8. Thank you<br />Page -8<br />