Silence:True Communication

Qi XIAO, Ze-xiang WANG


This paper examines the issue of communication in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. The main characters Gus and Ben are simple characters and their means of communication are the central theme in this play. It shows that even though the two characters interact and talk and discuss, they don’t really communicate. The essence of the difference between just talking and really communicating is analyzed.
Key words: Silence, communication
Résumé: L’article présent examine le problème de communication dans Le Serveur muet de Harold Pinter. Les personnages principaux Gus et Ben sont des figures simples, et leur sens de communication est le thème central de cette pièce. L’article montre que, bien que les deux personnages s’interagirent, parlent et discutent, ils ne communiquent pas véritablement. L’essence de la différence entre la conversation et la communication est analysée.
Mots-Clés: silence, communication

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