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Where can I find material on communication problems in Harold Pinter's plays?

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One play by playwright Harold Pinter that has been studied in relation to themes of communication is' Family Voices.' Family Voices is actually a radio play. In the story we hear a young man talking and his voice is interspersed with that of a woman - ostensibly his mother's. Each has has around a dozen speeches, and a man's voice enters at the end with only a couple - ostensibly the father.They seem to be having difficulty communicating as a family, although some critics have said that just focusing on the one theme of communication is too simplistic with Pinter.Each character speaks but do any of them hear? Each expresses love and wishing for love, but also hostile emotions. Every character covers their true self at times and uses euphemistic language to hide true feelings. Further material can be gained from the study of language and communication in 'The Birthday Party' and in his life and works:

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I think that there can be much to be found on the nature of communication in Pinter's plays.  Much of what Pinter focuses upon is challenging conditions within and to the issue of human communication.  Consider the "Pinter Pause," as a moment where communication is stalled and struggles to restart.  The plays of Pinter usually involve some level of challenging elements of communication within characters.  Conducting academic research on this might be able to bring much in the way of findings because of its prominence in his plays.  At the same time, this might be an issue where research, while helpful, might be secondary to one's own analysis.  Finding a particular play or work and analyzing the challenging conditions of how individuals interact or feature obstacles to pure communication might be an issue that can be analyzed and asserted based on one's own thought and perceptions.

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