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1

idea that it is a mixture of genres

Esslin: Theatre of the Absurd
'wildly extravagant tragic farces and farcical tragedies'

2

idea that improbable things are happening

Esslin: Theatre of the Absurd
'the laws of probability are suspended'

3

idea of theatre as catharsis

Artaud
'the theatre has been created to drain abscesses collectively'

4

Theatre of cruelty language deterioration

Vork
Lang 'reduced to inarticulate sounds, cries and gibbering screams'

5

banality of evil

Hannah Arendt
'terrifyingly normal'

6

womb quote

Wardle
'[Pinter] is a writer dogged by one image - the womb'

7

jokes vs danger

Wardle
'to joke about the situation while oiling a revolver'

8

what Pinter says his plays are about

Pinter
'the weasel under the cocktail cabinet'

9

ideas of words/ what is unsaid

Hollis
'he assembles words to remind us that we live in the space between words'

10

idea of hidden theme of the play

Gussow
' a play of intrigue with an underlying motif of betrayal'

11

comparison to well made play

Burkman
'an audience unused to an unresolved mystery in its drama is naturally baffled and threatened by such withholding of information'