By Jane Wong Yeang Chui
Utilizing Martin Esslin's "invention" - the Theatre of the Absurd - to ascertain Pinter's works, Wong brings the complexities and intricacies of the performs to the leading edge, upsetting readers and audiences to re-examine and problematize extra traditional stories of his performs.
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What do you want with this heap of human debris? Fix him? Like your blasted rust-clogged appliances? Christ! You can’t even repair your bloody bog! (26–27) Aston drags in “human garbage” precisely because mechanical objects cannot respond to him, because he cannot reach out to objects and make an emotional connection with them, but this imagined speech is especially strikingly in the way it depicts Mick’s tone to Aston. Outside a Pinteresque world, Mick may lash at Aston with this utterly cruel rant, but he cannot in The Caretaker for two reasons.
In general, Davies exhibits a sense of paranoia, and his anxieties are very likely triggered by his fear that everyone is against him. There is also a sense of self-consciousness here; he presents himself as superior to the foreigners and implicitly, employers are unwise to reject his services over the foreigners. In reality, these observations are a result of his awareness that he is a tramp and he is more of an outcast than those he condemns. He considers them to be intrusive outsiders, but is ironically a stranger and an intruder himself in Aston’s room.
What did you take it away for? ] Who gave you the right to take away my tea? (15) Goldberg. ] The pot’s hot. More tea, Mr. Boles? (64) There is no way of telling whether the tea is good or bad, or which man is lying, but this is not important because Goldberg’s response to Meg’s tea, and his acknowledgement of Meg and Petey as his hosts establish their status as owners of the boarding house. She no longer has to worry about humiliation and disproval when she goes about her chores—she has regained her position, her private space, and her house.
Affirming the Absurd in Harold Pinter by Jane Wong Yeang Chui