A Structuralist Approach to Harold Pinter’s "The Dumb Waiter"

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2022

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Structuralism is an approach that seeks to decode the encoded whole consisting of a system to explore a textual work’s deep structure from the surface structure. This study analyses Harold Pinter’s “The Dumb Waiter” (1960) according to the structuralist approach. The harmony of the play’s deep structure performs on binary opposition between Ben and Gus who repeat mechanical behaviours and conversations since they are imprisoned for a while in a narrow space. Concrete mechanical elements such as the lavatory and the dumb waiter also repeat the same activities. Although the play is over, the melody continues since Ben and Gus are given no role other than being hitmen and victims. As for the deep meaning, individuals who appear as a functional part of the mechanism show the possibility that the oppressive mechanism may become inoperable as a result of questioning the mechanism.

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Structuralism, mechanism, Harold Pinter, “The Dumb Waiter”.

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Uludag University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Journal of Social Sciences

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23

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42

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Alkan, H. (2022). A Structuralist Approach to Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Uludağ University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Journal of Social Sciences, 23 (42), 1-15. DOI: 10.21550/sosbilder.1034570