The Dumb Waiter Analysis

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Abstract: Witnessing World War II and all the accompanying atrocities, mass killing, political transformation and reshaping of states, many Europeans rebelled against the cruel reality as a way of expressing their disgust at the loss of meaning and purpose of life and the breakdown of communication. On the level of literary production, a new trend in theater, the theater of absurd, emerged through authors and playwrights from all over Europe. What they wrote constituted a revolution against pre-war individual, social and political beliefs, a revolution that reflected modern man's loss of purpose. The following research paper aims at examining the "absurd" realities of the second half of twentieth century through one character from the outstanding one-act play The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, the famous playwright. To achieve a concise examination, the paper will discuss Gus's character and trace the transformation he goes through leading him to face Ben's revolver at the closing scene. Key Words: Pinter, Absurd, political, existential, dumb waiter, rebellious, conformity. Introduction: Examining…show more content…
As a reflection on reality, on politics, and on human existence, Gus is the citizen who contemplates freedom and the concept of free will; he asks questions, criticizes, dares to mock and condemn authority; thus, he is under threat and finally has to face death because of that attitude. He doesn’t complete any of his discussions may be because of lacking self confidence, or lacking the supporter; he is alone in a harsh

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