Ecounts can make the reader or spectator very *uncomfortable and ashes to ashes succeeds in reminding *and ASHES TO ASHES succeeds in reminding of the horrors of the 20th century horrors that any *human being can fall into creating However I do not think it is uite as successful *being can fall into creating However I do not think it is uite as successful other plays Pinter wrote in this same ra such as Mountain Language or Party Time Incidentally I must Crazy Love express my disappointment that Americandition altered Pinter s original text giving soccer instead of football I didn t really understand all the symbolism so I had to look it up then that made me xtremely uncomfortable No wonder I didn t read this in school My definition of a good read is something that makes you uncomfortable upon thought though so for that reason I am okay with this play It just made me feel very uncomfortable due to xactly what its implications meant And anyway on the face of it who likes stories of abuse Brutal and stunning short play A dialogue that moves from the personal to the political and back overtly and powerfully Violence is the theme of the play where masculine ualities have metastasised into something horrifying that are first manifested between the female protagonist Rebecca and her former lover and later symbolically between the he and the she Devlin Rebecca s present partner is being portrayed as the fact finder who is full of curiosity and sense of reason He kept trying to steer Rebecca back to her original story about the abuse that she had suffered at the hands of her former lover who worked as a guide for a travel agency Rebecca however was drowned in her own flashbacks and seemed to be shifting in and out of realityIt was soon revealed that the abuse was only part of a bigger story of widespread violence Two Characters Two Chairs Two Lamps Rebecca and Devlin Ashes to Ashes The duality the two ness overwhelms the play not only in terms of characters but also xistence Ashes to Ashes is Pinter s long desired take on holocaust Rebecca a Jewish name in her British household has an apparent innocent conversation with her partner Devlin far removed from the memories of the holocaust In her mid forties in 1996 she was uite plainly not born during the second world warAnd yet she has heard accounts of the holocaust so much so that they have been carefully incised Versity town outside of London Devlin threatened by his wife Rebecca's recollections of an abusive x lover uestions her relentlessly in his need for a single truth In her. .
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Chilling What a genius Pinter seems njoy misleading his audience as his Beckett like dramasWhat a genius Pinter seems njoy misleading his audience as his Beckett like dramas in darkness and Ashes to Ashes is a perfect representation of this point This one act play is fantastic and I suspect that many people walk away confused disappointed or somehow feeling that they ve missed the point I would also suspect that those who walk away with confidence in their understanding are in disagreement over the meaning of the play with those who also feel the same way With this in mind I think it is safe to say that Pinter in this very short one act drama is representing in a private relationship something of the horror of the twentieth century The dialogue takes place between a man and a woman with the woman clearly having Black Heart, Red Ruby endured some sort of psychological trauma and the man uestioning her about her past He is intelligent probing and cold With terrifying precision the audience uestions his purpose helpless to stop him It is unclear if they are husbandwife as one could interpret his uestions also as if he is a therapist but hismotional response while calculated would indicate that he is in a relationship with her As she recounts her horrors she literally becomes an cho of the horrors of the twentieth century with her memories getting tied up with those suffering Nazi like persecution In this way the man becomes the cho of the cruel repressor who goads his victim into her demiseCertainly this play is not uplifting but its powerful strangeness is intriguing and borders on brilliant This play can be consumed uickly and if one is prepared for its message certainly than worth the time as powerful as any play pinter has Written Ashes To Ashes ashes to ashes New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood exploring the familiar themes of memory violence and the past is anxtraordinarily distinct work pinter has mentioned in an interview that he was inspired to write ashes to ashes after reading a biography of albert speer adolf hitler s chief architect later known as the nazi who said sorry while the play does not deal directly with the third reich it certainly alludes to it particularly during the one act s conclusion pinter is uite deft at drawing parallels between interpersonal violence and international brutality. Seamless blending of what she knows of violence with the wider violence of the world Rebecca reveals an erie communion with the dead victims of unnamed political barbariti.