The friends he made in those days—most particularly Henry Woolf , Michael Mick Goldstein and Morris Moishe Wernick—have always been a vital part of the emotional texture of his life. Pinter, poised to swing his bat, has a wicked glint in his eye; testosterone all but flies off the canvas. Pinter adores women, enjoys flirting with them, worships their resilience and strength. He was initially refused registration as a conscientious objector , leading to his twice being prosecuted, and fined, for refusing to accept a medical examination, before his CO registration was ultimately agreed.
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Dr Anshu Pandey www. Anshu Pandey Department of English C. P Degree College University of Allahabad. Allahabad Harold Pinter may easily be considered the most challenging contemporary British dramatist. His mobile, perceptive confrontation of some of the darkest themes of modern existence has hardly ever been matched to anyone.
The n Old Times is a stunning piece by the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter , narrating the element of time, space and the related concept of memory of the dim distant past, which was first io performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London on June 1, In these plays, we see that characters oppose about their memories, disagree with themselves, remembering events one way and then forgetting it ever happened; memory becomes a weapon. The past plays a very energetic role in the C relationships of the characters as well as the action of the present situation.
They may be emptiness surrounded by illusion, but they may also, without knowing it, possess a solid center of reality. The point is that they do not know and are too frightened to find out… In this play we can see that one women and man fighting for another women.
Deeley and her friend Anna fight for getting the favours of Kate. The relationship of Kate and her husband is not cordial and convivial and does not prove to be fertile.
Eventually it is Kate who achieves control over herself, as well as, the other two characters. At the end of the play Kate denotes that she has won this round, because Anna and Delley have both done the mocking efforts to control her. The Vol. IV 1 December www. My goodness, the Albert Hall, Covent Garden, what did we eat?
Do you know? Can you tell me? Deeley: We rarely get to London. Kate stands, goes to a small table and pours coffee from a pot. Kate: Yes, I remember. Pinter mentions the lesbian relationship throughout the play and we can see the perfect epitome of this when Anna n tells Delley: You have a wonderful casserole. So sorry.
A wonderful wife. Old Times,46 Pinter distinguishes that the past is basically dramatics when explored through er conflicting memories both because the choice of possible action is further extended and because the uncertainty of outcome holds the audience in continuous suspense. There are so many dialogues spoken by Kate who have indicated the illicit relationship of Anna and Kate.
The rit statement casserole becomes the symbol of bisexuality: Kate: Yes, I quite like those kinds of things, doing it.
C Anna: What kind of things? Kate: Oh, You know that short of things. Delley: Do you mean cooking? Old Times,48 Harold Pinter tries to mark their past relationships.
Here, all the characters think over the Th past, truly or not, and the audience is unlikely to know who is telling the truthful past and who is not.
As Pinter observes: I suggest there can be no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false.
A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false , p. Delley faces a lot of struggle to penetrate the circumference of her defensive sovereignty.
In the play Delley has recognized himself with the movie title Odd Man Out. Nevertheless Delley continues to fight throughout the play. Pinter enjoys negation, and Old Times is built on exact, shared memories that seem to contradict.
The past determines present behavior and events, and the characters who make and remake the past find Vol. IV 2 December www. Because of the theatrical impact of Old Times which is due to the expectation in trying to get at what really happened in the past and what sort of relationship existed between Anna, Kate and Deeley. The desire for verification of the part of all of us, with regard to our own experience and the experience of others is understandable but cannot always be satisfied , p.
His women characters are constantly prepared to fight for equivalent authority with men. The tales remembered by the characters, one by Deeley and another by Anna, are of prime importance in creating the threat of the past transparently. These memories project the sharp angle of menace that has caused Kate to restrain her memories of her old and only friend, Anna.
The information accruing from these memories suggests overtly that Anna and Kate have n had a lesbian relation between them in the past. Anna: Shall I run your bath for you? Old Times,56 We see that Kate wins in the last round and she also maintains control over both Delley and Anna because all of the action revolves around Kate in the play. There are things I remember which may never have happened but as I recall them so they take place. In Old Times Pinter shows his total capability in similar to human reality with that creative effort to capture the given moment and set it above the doubts which time brings all the way through its channel.
The play Old Times is basically a sequence of dialogue between three characters, Anna, Kate, Deeley, who from a clear love triangle try to show the other character belittle. Their conversation, woven typically around the episode of the past, attempts to define the nature of the relationship which existed and steadily came to stay in between them. Anna: Why don. Deeley: Would you recommend that? Anna: You. Deeley: In her bath towel? Anna:How out?
Deeley: How out? Anna: How could you dry her out? Out of her bath towel? IV 3 December www. Anna: Well, dry her yourself, in her bath towel. Pause Old Times,pp. Pinter uses a variety of techniques in the play both to depict the fight between Deeley and Anna, and to denote the bias of memory in the play. Almansi and Henderson appropriately comment: the characters in Old Times enter a sort of time-machine.. The past is so important that very little seems to happen in the present, the relationship between the three characters after in time with their conflicting and changeable memories of the past.
Lowe opines : n Anna is reconstructing the past by reminiscing about the past episodes of her living together with Kate in London as working io girls decades ago. The er tension is well discerned and implies that the menace of the past is to run its course through the action of the play, and that by stirring the skeletons in the cupboard Anna shall exercise considerable rit influence over the present.. Harold Pinter provides the message C in his plays that no male should undermine women and the new woman is now to stay and men have to come to stipulations with this new reality of life.
Deeley and Kate, and the triangle of the characters thus formed gives out an immediate Th representative meaning therefore the past exists in the present through memory, and past is capable of exercising conspicuous and possible impact on the present as Almansi and Henserson rightly point out: has the effect of diachronic time, since, from the outset, past and present are both manifest on the stage simultaneously, though with a different status light versus dark; centre of the room versus windows; foreground versus background..
The play Old Times attempts to capture the past, to co-relate eternal time with the effect of the past on the present through memory lane. Their conversations relate to the past of all the three characters, and are broken up by comprehensive stories which in their turn transmit again to the past with reference to space in time.
Gale observes that. In Old Times Pinter has given us the dramatization of the famous opening lines of T. Eliot Four Quarters: Time present and time past IV 4 December www. Its value is greater or lesser in accordance with the concentration of the impressions of the persons. Harold Pinter knows that physical presentation expresses internal clashes and decision. He uses a theatre language capable of carrying forward these sense impressions. The past is no longer within accomplished and it has vanished into eternity forever, only the recollections remain.
Memories are said to be the authentic account of past happenings. Memories, more often than not, redefine the past—man has undergone various stages of alteration along with the unalterable passages of time. In Old Times the dialogue is covered in a firm and stable monologist framework. The play is established through oral connections between all the three characters that the reality of the past fades, and memory transforms real events into shadowy leftovers of slight experience.
So the characters do not like to come out of the confusion of the past, as it happens in Old Times. Through conversations and memories their histories and behaviors are exposed, but it seems unlikely that everything we hear is harmonious ,precise, and accurate because the account of the memory presented by the characters are full with contradictions ,struggles and conflicts in their relationships.
The frequent question which n strikes in audiences mind is to whose memories are actually true and precise. We see there is an added expectation of how each one of the character is going to respond when the lanes of io memory appear to cross. However the question, what really happened in the past, does not concern in present.
Old Times is one of Mr. Harold Pinter: contemporary Writers Series. London: Methuen. Carolyn Riley Vol. Elizabeth, Sakellaridou. Druham, N. C: Duke University Press. Directing Pinter.
Kate says that Anna was her only friend, but Anna had many friends. Kate says that Anna occasionally stole her underwear. In the next scene, Anna arrives, talking incessantly about the fun times she and Kate shared in their youth. Kate says very little. Deeley tells Anna that he first met Kate at a movie, and asked her out for coffee afterwards. Neither of them said anything to her, so she awkwardly went to bed. He stared at her for a while, but she ignored him.
Dr Anshu Pandey www. Anshu Pandey Department of English C. P Degree College University of Allahabad. Allahabad Harold Pinter may easily be considered the most challenging contemporary British dramatist. His mobile, perceptive confrontation of some of the darkest themes of modern existence has hardly ever been matched to anyone. The n Old Times is a stunning piece by the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter , narrating the element of time, space and the related concept of memory of the dim distant past, which was first io performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London on June 1, In these plays, we see that characters oppose about their memories, disagree with themselves, remembering events one way and then forgetting it ever happened; memory becomes a weapon.