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The paper presents a proposal to analyze Harold Pinter's plays, "The Room", "The Birthday Party", "The Caretaker", and "The Homecoming", with the intention of illustrating the major points of divergence in the conception of plot and character between the Aristotelian model and the theatre of the absurd as seen in Pinter's work. The paper also aims to identify and explore several similarities that exist between Aristotelian drama and the theatre of the absurd.
From the Paper:"The primary objective of the study will be to analyze the concrete differences that exist between Aristotelian drama and the theatre of the absurd as interpreted from the plays of Harold Pinter, and an attempt at identifying the dramatic effect of these differences and changes. Aristotle's outline of dramatic construction as described in is Poetics will serve as a useful point of entry here, as each element can be examined first from Aristotle's point of view insofar as construction and effect of the element, and this description can then be compared to the construction and effect of the same elements in the works of Pinter.
"A secondary objective of the study will be to identify common trends in the theatre of the absurd outside the works of Harold Pinter, and to place Pinter's works in the context of the larger theatrical movement. An examination of other playwrights associated with the theatre of the absurd, as well as scholarship and criticism concerning this genre of theatre, will be used to create and explore this context within the study. Pinter's influence on the theatre of the absurd as well as the influence that the larger movement had on Pinter will also be examined."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Albee, Edward. Three Plays. New York: Coward McCann, 1960.
- Albee, Edward. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York: Penguin, 2005.
- Aristotle. Poetics. trans. Malcolm Heath. New York: Penguin, 1997.
- Brustein, Robert. "The Absurd and the Ridiculous." New Republic, Vol. 146, Issue 12, p30-31.
- Cohn, Ruby. "The World of Harold Pinter." The Tulane Drama Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 55-68.
Cite this Research Proposal:
Violation of Aristotelian Convention in Harold Pinter's Works (2012, March 27) Retrieved September 25, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/violation-of-aristotelian-convention-in-harold-pinter-works-150624/
"Violation of Aristotelian Convention in Harold Pinter's Works" 27 March 2012. Web. 25 September. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-proposal/violation-of-aristotelian-convention-in-harold-pinter-works-150624/>