Plays of Harold pinter have always been a puzzle for readers and scholars. There are so many interpretations of his plays and it is left up to the readers to find the relevancy of those interpretations. In the plays of pinter there is a recurring theme related to the condition of man. There is a continuous quest for existence. This is one of the reasons that his characters are claustrophobic. They are scared of the outside world. It is interesting to note that in almost all the female characters of Pinter we can find a mixing of several personas. Sometimes they represent a combination of wife, mother and a whore. We cannot deny the presence of Oedipus complex in most of his characters. The female characters are portrayed in a way that they try to dominate over the male characters. They use sexuality as a main weapon to achieve dominance over the male characters. It is evident from the use of their language. The Room is the first play of Harold Pinter. In this play Rose is a character who lives with Bert, her husband. Rose is sixty whereas bert is fifty. Thus there is a gap of ten years in their age. This gap is also visible in their relationship. She keeps on thinking that she might be dispossessed by some outsider. Thus, there is a sense of insecurity which keeps on disturbing her. To overcome this sense of insecurity she confines herself to her room. Readers are made aware of other rooms in the house. Rose talk about Mr. Kidd’s bedroom in such a way that it seems that she was hiding something. She also reveals about her visit in the basement. Mr. Kidd also reveals that the room of Rose was once his. Thus, continuously somebody is going or coming out of the room. It symbolically refers to a whore house where customers are either coming or going. It becomes evident when Rose speaks to Riley that-
“Oh those customers. They come in here and stink the place out. After a hand out. I know all about it.”
Later she questions him which will compel us to think more about her promiscuity. She says that- “you think I’m an easy touch, don’t you?.” It is strengthened in her treatment of Mr. Kidd. Riley knows her dark secrets and he uses it for his own satisfaction. This kind of man-woman relationship can also be figured out in The Birthday Party. The relationship between Meg and Stanley is interesting. Meg shows “over solicitous infatuation” for Stanley. There are references when we hear “shouts from Stanley” whereas Meg laughs wildly at those shouts. The relationship between Meg and Stanley is promiscuous. The word “succulent” used by Stanley for fried bread provides us a hint of promiscuity used in the play. Meg remarks that “you shouldn’t say that word to a married woman” and the character Stanley elaborates it by saying-“well, if I can’t say it to a married woman who can I say it to ? Stanley’s arm are strong and sensual is reflected through words like the “sensual stroking”. Thus, there are enough evidences to show that the relationship between Meg and Stanley is more or less physical in nature. In A Slight Ache we can find flora as a powerful lady. Scholars have also refereed her as a powerful “mother-wife-whore”. She shows such a great affection to Edward that he turns to be an impotent husband. When it really happens we find that her attention is shifted to the Match Seller. It is reflected in the following line-
“Speak to me of love…Do you know when I w2as a girl I loved…I loved…I simply…Have you been rolling in mud?’’.
The reference of mud is important to notice because symbolically readers are made aware that once she derived pleasure at being raped by a poacher in the mud. She wants that Edward should go out of her life and the Match seller should take his place in her life. Thus, it becomes evident that she gives importance to pleasure in her life. The character sketch of Stella in The collection is also very interesting. She is the wife of James who makes herself the centre of attraction in the play. In this play we can find the existence of a triangular relationship between men. Harry and Bill are the characters who show homosexuality in this play. Harry becomes jealous of James when he calls Bill. When James accuses Bill that he sleeps with his wife then Bill refuses his claims by saying that he-
“was nowhere near Leeds last week…Nowhere near your wife either .Apart from that, I…just don’t do such things. Not in my book.”
It hints clearly that the theme of homosexuality is embedded in this play of Pinter. It is amusing to find that when James supplies the olives then Bill attempts to please him. It hints some physical bonding between Bill and James. Thus male characters are inter-related to each other in this play. It is confirmed that Bill is admired by James through the lines which is told to Stella by her husband-
“… I must admit we rather hit it off. We’ve got the same interest. He was most amusing over the brandy…in fact he was most amusing over the whole thing…he’s got the right attitude, you see. As a man, I can only admire it…. Only after meeting him…I’m perfectly happy. I can see it both ways, three ways, all ways…every way.”
Further James tell to Stella that by watching James he is reminded about Hawkins who was his school mate. Readers are also tols that Hawkins was a homosexual. It reveals that even James is associated with homosexuality because he can see it all the ways. In A Slight Ache we have already seen that Edward is not able to satisfy the desires of his wife. She feels dissatisfied and thus she finds her own ways to happiness. Thus, man-woman relationship in the plays of Harold Pinter is unusual which hints at the futility of relationships. Happiness is a state of mind which is expressed physically by different means.