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What's the role of gender in Pinter's Silence?

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Harold Pinter's Silence is a play about three lives that touch briefly. It explores the nature of man-woman relationships. The characters re-live the memories of an interconnected past and go back and forth in time to analyze their failed relationships.

Rumsey spurns Ellen and believes that he is content to be alone. A dejected Ellen retreats into her private world and is unable to reciprocate Bates' love. Her indifference makes Bates angry and resentful. The audience does not see any substantive communication between the characters, as they are lost in introspection and melancholia. In their reminiscences of hills, walks, and evenings spent together, neither man understands how he...

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