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What is the theme behind using reverse chronological order in Betrayal by Harold Pinter?

The most significant dramatic device used in Harold Pinter's Betrayal is his use of reverse chronological order. Of course this is not the traditional way a play or story unfolds, so his choice...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2014 5:17 pm UTC

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In Betrayal by Harold Pinter, who is the play's protagonist and who is the antagonist? 

Betrayal by Harold Pinter has a unique style which allows the audience to reflect on the effects of bad decisions made years before. He commences his play after the three main characters have...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2015 12:00 pm UTC

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How does memory play a role in the play Betrayal?

Memory plays an important role in Harold Pinter’s play, especially in regard to the innovative temporal structure he employs. The characters review significant events that occurred earlier in their...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 10:01 pm UTC

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How do you think Pinter emphasizes the relationship between language and the theme of Betrayal throughout his play?...

In some respects Betrayal represented a departure for Harold Pinter, in that it seems to be more in the realist vein than his earlier plays. In a classic love-triangle story, the characters’...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 2:02 am UTC

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Is Betrayal by Pinter an example of feminism or psychoanalysis? What sort of concept would you use to stage a...

The play Betrayal by Harold Pinter is not an example of either psychoanalytic or feminist drama. In terms of genre, Pinter is sometimes loosely associated with a school known as the "Angry Young...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 8:51 am UTC

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Analyze the reversed chronology of Betrayal. How does this structure affect our understanding of the events and/or...

Betrayal is structured as a series of vignettes “progressing” from the 1977 present back to 1968, when Jerry and Emma’s affair began. The reverse chronology is not fluid, as some scenes arc...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 5:42 pm UTC

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How does reverse chronological order develop the theme of betrayal in the play Betrayal by Harold Pinter?

Harold Pinter's play Betrayal is perhaps the first major example of a narrative portrayed in reverse chronological time. The Christopher Nolan film Memento uses this same storytelling conceit, as a...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020 4:22 pm UTC

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Did Robert have affairs in Betrayal?

In the first scene in the play, Emma says that Robert has betrayed her with multiple other women for years. Emma, Robert's wife, meets with Jerry, Robert's best friend, in 1977. She tells him that...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 4:50 pm UTC

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What is nature of conflict and confrontation in Betrayal? How is it shown?

Betrayal has both internal and external conflicts. Harold Pinter’s play centers on a love triangle that goes on for decades. The three individuals are constantly moving in and out of intimacy and...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 2:10 am UTC

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What is the nature of love in the play Betrayal by Harold Pinter?

On one level, Betrayal can be thought of as a love story. Love is at the center of the various adulterous relationships that take place throughout the play, even though such illicit liaisons...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2020 11:23 am UTC

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How do you compare Betrayal by Pinter with other plays?

One of Harold Pinter's later plays, Betrayal has striking similarities to his early works as well as several distinctive features. His dramas have darkly comedic undertones created by the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 9:15 pm UTC

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How does the play Betrayal link to Much Ado About Nothing?

Harold Pinter's 1978 drama Betrayal and William Shakespeare's 1598 comedy Much Ado About Nothing would seem at first glance not to have very much in common, and this is generally true. Although...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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