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Harold Pinter: Ashes to Ashes - úvaha nad větou z divadelní hry

Kategorie: Angličtina

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Charakteristika: Tato práce je úvahou nad větou "Devlin says at one point „I have absolutely no idea“. Věta je vyňata z divadelní hry Ashes to Ashes anglického spisovatele Harolda Pintera. Autorka seminární práce tuto větu analyzuje, pomocí citací ze hry poukazuje na použitou metaforu.


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"Devlin says at one point „I have absolutely no idea“. What sense can be made of the difficulities of Pinter's 'Ashes to Ashes'?

This play has two characters – Devlin and Rebecca. However, even a names are hiding something. Devlin is surname and it introduces him as devilish. On other hand first name Rebecca has its origins in a Bible. There was a old woman who had a baby. Relation with this old story can be seen at the end of the audience.
This play carefuly refuses to glue the audience. What it naturally wants – clear understanding. This makes us identity with Devlin asking, because we both want same thing – answers. He might be increasing uncomfortable with this as it involves us in what seems like bullying. Or worse.
Other main character is shown – basically „he“. However, he is hidden in Rebecca answers and actions. The questoning is Devlin's drive for precise information. She resist in reveral ways. Nevertheless, all relations between men and women seem revolve around violence abd desire.
Metaphores are that tool, which are a centrain way to discover Rebecca's destiny. In some ways, they are compares Devlin with him. On page 13, „standing“ shows that Devlin and the man are both „standing“ in same position. In Rebecca's speaking about past, the man is only „hand...eyes“, not invidual. Human indentity slips, is unstable. However, Devlin wants to clasify the man, he asks her about „What colour?“ - it identifies him with jews exposal to Nazi's. They took care on these atributes. Devlin can tolerate him, but he has to be pure. „My darling“ suggests another fact – he owns her. The meaning changes: it seems like a threat.
After this part comes part, which finally argue us about our evidence. The man from Rebecca's past is Nazi. However, not ussual Nazi, but principal of Nazi death camp. It can be seen in his walk into camp – people respect him and mainly – they are scared of him. Fortunately for her, she is choosen, so she can survive. Everything suggests the fact he is powerful – jews would follow him over cliff into the sea.
Memory on page 47 hints on jews old myth, but without happy-end. Jewish people drown, when the sea does not open. This time god has failed them. God is also authority, who stands behind Devlin. It can be seen on page 39. The reason, why he likes God is same as a way he likes - he divide thing „good“ and „bad“. But actually, there is no God, he did not help them, becuase he does not open the sea again.
The end of the audience brings a question – Is it the best to forget the past? Unfortunately, the play demonstrates that the past cannot be respessed or forgotten – it repeats itself in an echoes, we drag it around like a tease and it invades our dreams. "



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