International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Study of Power Relation in Pinter’s Plays from Foucault’s Power View
Yuan Yu

Pinter’s works are characteristic of the language, which are always the focus of the critics. Pinter has added a new brand of colours to the English stage dialogue and this is attested by the frequent use of terms like “Pinteresque language” or “Pinterese” in current dramatic criticism. This paper reviews Foucault’s reflections on power and analyzes the power relations of the characters in The Birthday Party, pointing out that they all possess desire for power. By doing this, it discusses the relation between power and truth, and concludes that power exists everywhere and knowledge is but the outcome of power struggle.

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