Verbal and non- verbal linguistic devices in Pinter’s ‘ The Birthday Party’.

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1. Topic : Verbal and non- verbal linguistic devices in Pinter’s ‘ The Birthday Party’. Name : Kinjal Patel Paper Name: The Modernist Literature Paper No: 9 Sem : 3 Roll No: 14 Year: 2014 Submitted to: Department of English Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University. Follow me: patelkinjal.u21@gmail.com http://www.slideshare.net/123kinjal

2. About author • Harold Pinter was born in 1930 and died in 2008. • He was a Nobel Prize winning English playwright, screen writer, director and actor. • He was one of the most influential modern British dramatist who wrote for round about 50 years.

3. • Differs from other absurdist's Beckett Ionesco Pirandello

4. His well known works • The Birthday Party ( 1957 ) • The Homecoming ( 1964 ) • Betrayal (1978 )

5. Harold Pinter • “Drama is about conflict and degrees of perturbation disarray, I’ve never been able to write a happy play”.

6. The Birthday Party • Second Full length play • Most frequently performed plays • About Stanley Webber

7. Language in The Birthday Party • Use of structural language • Lexical items • Simple dialogues • Oral language • Non verbal device

8. Use of oral language • Start with daily Chores

9. The device of repetition in the dialogue • For instance, at the beginning of The Birthday Party, Meg, having served Petey his cornflakes asks: • “ Are they nice”? Petey replies: “ Very nice.” Meg then says: “ I thought they’d be nice.”

10. The play shifts from casualness towards absurdity • “ Meg: (…) What are you reading?

11. Cohesion and coherence • Here there is a lack of cohesion and coherence. Now let’s see the conversation where McCann and Goldberg cross examine Stanley so that he should collapse. • Video • Video

12. • Conversation creates bafflement confusion, uncertainty and tension

13. Organize a party • Meg tells Goldberg and McCann that she is going to organize party for Stanley’s birthday where Stanley denies his birthday. • video

14. Non verbal device

15. Use of pauses and silences • To give a character time to think before saying • To avoid conversation • To show extreme emotional strain • As an answer to rhetorical question • To see the effect of what is said. Example • “ There are places in my heart… where no living soul… has… or can ever … trespass.”

16. Controlled dialogue • Communication but weapon • Silence of fear • Fear of intimacy • “Pinter’s dialogue is as tightly perhaps more tightly controlled than verse.”

17. • “ Every syllabus, every inflection the succession of long and short sounds, words and sentences, is calculated to nicety.” --- Martin Esslin

18. Conclusion • There is more to Pinter’s language than merely accurate observation. • In fact what sounds like tape-recorded speech is highly stylized, even artificial. • Pinter’s dialogue is tightly controlled. Every syllabus, every inflection, the succession of long and short sounds, words, and sentences are calculated to nicety. • Pinter used language in a dramatic way as a vehicle and instrument of dramatic action.

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