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What are those pauses in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party indicating? What do the silence and pauses mean in this play?

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The silence and pauses represent the silence and pauses that occur in natural, everyday speech. It is also there to make the audience uncomfortable; to actually give them the feeling the characters are experiencing. This technique is also to convey the notions of alienation, Absurdity and the illusive nature of meaning in real life. Pinter frequently tried to present speech as it naturally sounded, complete with pauses, trailing off and unfinished thoughts. If life and meaning are like speech, then life and meaning are also disjointed and often confusing. Pinter was trying to produce this effect through the speaking in the play. This is also a departure from...

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