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Harold Pinter was born in the period between the two world wars. As a result, the dramatist derived a lot from the socio-political milieu of his age. As an author and citizen of the world, he couldn‘t restrict himself from the devastating circumstances of the age he lived in. The post-war period witnessed the drastic changes that took place during the fifties and sixties around the world. The changing environment left a deep impact on the mind and heart of Pinter. The two world wars affected the human soul and destroyed man‘s illusion of being at the centre of the universe. The essence of being oneself was deceptive during the time. The spiritual loss and man’s firm belief of living in a Godless world infused the philosophy of existentialism in the twentieth century. Pinter like his contemporaries Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee and Jean Genet deeply felt the sense of anguish, terror and menace of the time. Therefore, his early plays portray the detailed analysis of the post-war period.

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