Why is the play "The Birthday Party" by Harold Pinter absurdist?

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The play The Birthday Party is considered a part of The Theatre of the Absurd because the main character, Stanley Webber, finds himself lost in a nonsensical world that he can't make heads or tails of.  This is the defining feature of absurdist fiction; one or some of the characters are unable to make sense of the nonsensical.  Two people show up claiming its Stanley's birthday, despite his protest and insistence otherwise, and refuse to let him leave his home.  A birthday party begins to unfold as a total nightmare for Stanley eventually rendering him a broken mess.


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