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Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9. English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. created by the late writer www biography com people harold pinter 9491163 Paying a. tribute to Harold Pinter David Hare points out that. Pinter did what Auden said a poet should do He cleaned the gutters of English. language so that it ever afterwards flowed more easily and more clearly We can also. say that over his work and over his person hovers a sort of leonine predatory spirit. which is all the more powerful for being held under in a rigid discipline of form or in a. black suit The essence of his singular appeal is that you sit down to every play he writes. in certain expectation of the unexpected In sum this tribute from one writer to. another you never know what the hell s coming next David Hare in Harold Pinter A. Celebration p 21, Since his schooldays Pinter was inclined towards literature He acted in many of school plays. directed by his school teacher with whom he was greatly influenced They used to walk a long. discussing literature At this time he also wrote poetry which was published in school magazine. Later on Pinter joined repertory companies as an actor playing many roles and toured Ireland. and England with those repertory companies To support his income besides acting he also did. a lot of odd jobs But it was not enough He was born to do more The destiny had made him for. drama He wanted to write dram but he did not find opportunity The opportunity was provided. by his friend Henry Woolf in 1957 which proved to be a turning point in Pinter s career. Michael Billington has aptly commented on this opportunity in a review in The guardian. The turning point came in 1957 when one of Pinter s old Hackney friends Henry Woolf. asked him to write a play for Bristol University s recently established drama department. The result was The Room and reveals Pinter staking out his territory from the start The. play shows an anxious recluse resisting the insidious pressure of the outside world and. artfully blends comedy and menace www the guardian com 2008. Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 91, Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9. English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. Pinter s first play The Room was written and first produced in 1957 by The Drama Department. of the Bristol University The production was so successful that the Bristol Old Vice Company. also produced it and entered it in The Sunday Time s student drama competition Praising the. play Harold Hobson a drama critic wrote in The Sunday Times that the play The Room is a. brief excursion in a slum room into the nightmare world of insecurity and uncertainty It has a. touch of Ionesco and echoes of Beckett and somewhere not far distant is the disturbing ghost. of that Henry James who turned the screw The Sunday Times January 1958. Before we proceed it will be appropriate to summarize the story of the play in a nut shell. The story of the play is about a 60 years old housewife Rose and her 50 years old husband. Bert who is a lorry driver The setting of the play indicates that they belong to the poor class of. the society They have come from an unknown place and are now living in a rented room of a. big house The play opens with Rose serving evening snacks to her husband who is about to go. outside to drive his lorry While taking care of household Rose keeps talking to her husband. without getting any response from him as if he is a dumb which he is not as we come to know. in the end of the play Rose seems to be very happy with her life and with the place where they. are living She frequently talks about the safety inside the room and danger outside the room. Meanwhile they are interrupted by the land lord of the house Mr Kidd who enters the room. Rose and Mr Kidd indulge into a long futile and confusing conversation while Bert remains. mute It seems that the landlord has come to Rose with a purpose which he can not disclose in. front of Bert When the landlord leaves Rose helps Bert in wearing coat and instructs him how. to protect him from the cold outside She takes great care of her husband because he is ill as. we come to know later in the play, When Bert leaves the room Rose opens the door to throw the garbage She finds Mrs and Mr.
Sands a young couple standing confused at the door They are looking for the land lord to rent. a room in the house Out of courtesy Rose invites them into the room Mrs and Mr Sands. indulge into a conversation which is full of comedy But they also inform Rose about a man in. Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 92, Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9. English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. the basement whom they could not see because of darkness in the basement but only heard. his voice telling them that the room number 7 is vacant in the house This alarms Rose because. number 7 is her room So she strongly reacts and tells them that this room is occupied As soon. as the couple leaves the room the land lord again comes to Rose and informs her about the. presence of a man in the basement who wants to meet Rose She apprehends a danger and so. she refuses to meet him The land lord tells Rose that the man in the basement has been. waiting for a week and he may create a problem for him So he requests her to meet him. Anyhow Rose agrees to meet him on the condition that the meeting should be very short and. he must leave the room before her husband returns The man enters the room He is a blind. Negro It seems that he knows Rose very well But Rose refuses to know him The blind Negro. gives Rose a message from her father to return home While Rose is trying to touch the face. and teeth of the blind Negro like a blind woman her husband enters the room and without. paying any attention towards the blind man he romantically and sensuously speaks about his. lorry as if it was a woman Suddenly he gets up and hits the blind Negro and kills him With the. killing of the blind Negro Rose too goes blind as she says I can t see I can t see Thus the. play abruptly ends on a tragic note, If we critically analyze the story of the play we find that fear dominates the plot Since the. opening of the play Rose is afraid of the cold outside the room which symbolizes the. insecurity of life outside the room Rose s repeatation of It s very cold out I can tell you It s. murder Harold Pinter The Room Published by Chris Smith www scribd com p 91. symbolizes the insecurity prevailed in the society She feels secured inside the room as she. affirms this room s all right for me I mean you know where you are When it s cold for. instance The Room p 92 The apparent main source of fear in the play is the visitors who. belong to the real world Since the very opening of the play Rose is afraid of the intruders In. fact to hide her fear she has created a safe illusionary world around her and she will not. permit anyone to enter and destroy that illusionary world where she feels safe and secured. Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 93, Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9.
English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. If they ever ask you Bert I m quite happy where I am We re quiet we re. all right You re happy up here It s not far up either when you come in. from outside And we re not bothered And nobody bothers us The Room. But at the same time she is apprehensive of the danger in the form of intruders That is why. she is continuously worried about the question who is living in the basement. I don t know how they live there It s asking for trouble I ve never seen. who is it Who lives down there I ll have to ask I mean you might as well. know Bert But whoever it is it can t be too cosy I think it s changed. hands since I was last there I didn t see who moved in then I mean the. first time it was taken Anyhow I think they ve gone now But I think. someone else has gone in now I don t know who lives down there now. The Room pp 91 93, Even the slight happenings and any news from the outside world makes Rose apprehensive of a. danger Every intruder into her room disturbs her The first danger comes in the form of the. land lord of the house Mr Kidd an old man His coming into the room reminds her the. presence of someone in the basement She apprehends the coming danger for her secured life. The second intruder is in the form of Mrs and Mr Sands a young married couple who tell her. that someone in the basement informed them that this room is vacant Mr Sands tells her that. The man in the basement said there was one One room Number seven he said This. disturbs Rose a lot and she vigorously objects by saying that That s this room and This room. is occupied The Room p 108 She realizes that someone wants her to go out from her safe. and secured house The third intruder is the blind Negro who gives a message to Rose from her. Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 94, Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9. English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. father to return home This third intruder proves fatal for her because he destroys her safe. castle completely, But the reasons of her fear is not clearly known till the end of the play In an interview Pinter. also expressed his ignorance of the causes of fear But of what exactly they are afraid we. never learn we feel an unspecified menace Interview by Tynan British Broadcasting. Corporation Home Service October 28 1960 quoted in Esslin The Theatre of the. Absurd p 199 We can only apprehend the causes of her fear of the outer world The first. apprehension is that she and her so called husband may be involved in some criminal activities. in their past lives and now they are on run from the police and have taken shelter in a lonely. place That may also be the reason of Rose preference of living alone and not meeting the other. people in the locality As she tells Mrs Sands We re very quiet We keep ourselves to. ourselves I never interfere I mean why should I We ve got our room We don t bother. anyone else That s the way it should be The Room p 105 The second reason may be that. Rose may be in a bad profession say prostitution where she got bad treatment and has fled. from there with her so called younger than her husband and does not want to go into her past. profession Bert may not be her husband but a lover in the past Now Rose is afraid that. someone from her old place will come and take her back into that dirty profession by force as. we know that in real world the people who manages this profession are very strong Once a. girl trapped there never gets freedom for the whole life That is why Rose keeps herself. confined to the small room and keeps herself aloof from the real world. Rose pretends to be happy in the room as her world with her dull and mute husband But the. appearance of the blind Negro reminds her the reality of her existence As Wellwarth a drama. critic puts it The Negro may symbolize death the woman s past or some hidden guilt. complex probably the latter since she is struck blind when her husband beats the Negro But. there is no hint as to what his function really is nor as to why the husband beats him so. savagely He is simply an emissary from the outside who has succeeded in breaking into the. Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 95, Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511.
Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9. English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. circle of light As a result the womb is broken and the dwellers are cast out from the light into. the darkness Wellwarth The Theatre of Protest and Paradox p 200 The blind Negro. reminds Rose of her past life when she may be a prostitute She does not want to look back into. her past life So she has confined herself into a small room She also refuses to recognize the. blind man and speaks bitterly with him as if she is very much angry with him On the contrary. the blind Negro is very polite and silently listens to her bitter speech as if someone tries to. please his dear ones,Riley Thank you, Rose Don t thank me for anything I don t want you up here. Idon t know who you are And the sooner you get out the. Rising Well come on Enough s enough You can take a. Liberty too far you know What do you want You force. your way up here You disturb my evening You come in. and sit down here What do you want,He looks about the room. What are you looking at You re blind aren t you So what. are you looking at What do you think you ve got here a. little girl I can keep up with you I m one ahead of people. like you Tell me what you want and get out,Vol 2 Issue 3 Dec 2016 www researchenglish com 96. Global English Oriented Research Journal G E O R J 2454 5511. Critical Creative Explorations Practices in,IMPACT FACTOR 2 9.
English Language Literature Linguistics Education and Creative Writing. Harold Pinter was one of the greatest dramatists who gave a new dimension to English drama by creating dramatic poetry out of everyday speech He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2005 In his award ceremony speech the chairman of the Swedish Academy Horace Engdahl paid tribute to Pinters talent by saying that Pinter was an artist who in his plays uncovers the precipice under

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