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標題: Ritual Performance in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
作者: 李佳錞
Lee, Chia-chun
關鍵字: 儀式;ritual;哈洛.品特;愛德華.阿爾比;遊戲;雌雄同體;Harold Pinter;Edward Albee;game-playing;androgyny
出版社: 外國語文學系

The themes of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? imply the quest of the self and the orientation of redemption by the way of ritual performances. With the forms of metaphors and symbols, they simulate the process of ritual to achieve integrity. In the liminal stage of ritual and verisimilitude, the characters perform their desire and eliminate their fears. Even though Nietzsche contends that God is dead, implying the negation of mysterious power, I presume that both Pinter and Albee try to offer the hope within the aura of pessimism and Ruth in The Homecoming as well as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? play the roles of executor to exorcise the conflicts.
In Chapter One, I will discuss the function of “ritual” and elaborate the way of ritual employed in these two plays. The function of ritual reifies the characters' inner fear and consists in the dramatic transformation in order to bring them the balance in face of conflicts and realities. In Chapter Two, I will reinforce Ruth's image as a Goddess and her double roles as well as through the character Ruth Pinter's tendency toward an “androgynous writer.” In Chapter Three, Martha, in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? plays the mirror image of George and personifies his fears by the way of ritual performance.
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