THETR 266:

The Birthday Party

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on all sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include a typical MLA header with the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Read the question carefully and be sure to answer all parts of a question completely.


1)     How does Pinter fill the play with a sense of anxiety and uneasiness? Discuss this in visual or performative terms.

2)     Describe any parallels between Stanley's treatment of Meg, and Goldberg and McCann's treatment of him.

3.)     Give examples of and comment on the fact that there is a childishness to the relationships—and violence—in the play.