Paper Information

Journal:   HEKMAT VA FALSAFEH (WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY)   SUMMER 2009 , Volume 5 , Number 2 (18); Page(s) 5 To 21.
 
Paper: 

KIERKEGAARD'S EXISTENTIAL VIEWS ON HAROLD PINTER'S DRAMATURGY

 
 
Author(s):  NAZARI ALIREZA*
 
* ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY OF ARAK, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55) focused his attention on the existential dements of our existence; among these elements the concepts of anxiety, dread, guilt and alienation are of primary importance. Existentialism has tried to discover the mysteries if man's existence, and helped him to find a way out of his loneliness, anxiety and dread that threaten his existence and survival, Man's dread caused by the assumption that he was thrown into this alien world. Pinter has depicted the images of life and death, being and non-being, and the reality of man's reduction into a cipher of non-being. His drama is a bitter commentary on human being's existence. In Pinter's world, peace and security remain a mere illusion, vulnerable to utter annihilation. His characters are paralyzed by anxiety and dread. Man's survival depends upon his existence in a room. It concludes that man's place in the world as Kierkegaard claimed is "insecure and non-securable" (Wick, 2006). Man is thrown into the world, and in his loneliness paralyzed by anxiety. The source of this anxiety as Kierkegaard claimed is nothingness.

 
Keyword(s): ALIENATION, EXISTENCE, ANXIETY, GUILT, DREAD, FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY
 
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