Absurdity underneath realistic elements in Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter

Bin-yan PI

Abstract



This paper is a study on the absurdity underneath the realistic factors in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Through analyzing the realistic elements in The Dumb Waiter’s setting, plot and characterization respectively, this paper attempts to prove that despite these realistic aspects, the overall effect of the play is one of uncertainty and absurdity.
Key words: The Dumb Waiter, realism, absurdity
Résumé: L’article présent étudie principalement l’utilisation des éléments réalistes et l’absurdité cachée sous l’apparence réaliste dans la pièce d’Harold Pinter- Le Serveur muet. A travers l’interprétation de cette pièce, l’auteur croit que, malgré l’utilisation du système du théâtre réaliste traditionnel dans l’agencement du contexte, la structure de l’intrigue et la description des personnages, cette pièce exprime, du point de vue plus profond, l’absurdité de la condition humaine ainsi que l’isolement et la solitude entre les êtres.
Mots-Clés: Le Serveur muet, réalisme, absurdité

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.css.1923669720070304.008

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