Compare and Contrast Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG Essay

The artist is a person, who conveys his/her ideas and messages to the audience by means of his or her creative work. In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that artists can work in different fields and convey different messages but, as a rule, they have a considerable impact on the public opinion and culture. At this point, it is possible to refer to Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG as representatives of absolutely different arts, who have a considerable impact on their society and culture. In fact, Harold Pinter is one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th and early 21st century. At the same time, Notorious BIG is one of the most influential rappers of the late 20th century in the USA, whose works contributed to the spread of hip hop culture and attracted the attention of the public to burning social problems, such as poverty, crime and violence in the US inner cities. In spite of the considerable differences between Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG, they have had a considerable impact on their society and culture making an important imprint on the development of their society.

Themes of Pinter and Notorious BIG

In fact, the career of Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG was absolutely different since the two artists have absolutely different life and background. Harold Pinter was a prominent English playwright, who worked for over half of a century, whereas the career of Notorious BIG lasted for just several years (Katel, 2007). Nevertheless, in spite of such considerable differences between the two artists, their impact on their society was very significant. In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG have some common themes in their work, such as the theme of crime and violence, although they viewed them at different levels. Harold Pinter tended to view the crime and violence at the philosophical level as the clash of the good and the evil, whereas Notorious BIG viewed the crime and violence as a part of the regular life of many Americans, who lived in poverty-stricken neighborhoods and who had to struggle for survival on the regular basis.

At this point, it is important to refer to the background of the two artists, because it has had a considerable impact on their career and creative work. In fact, Harold Pinter originated from the East London, where he was born and grew up. He was well-acquainted with the life of the poor and representatives of the lower-class of the UK. He uncovered that life in many of his works, where he attempted to depict the life of people representing different classes which hold extreme positions in society (Gale, 2003). In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that Harold Pinter attempts to trace the social roots of crimes and violence to show that the primary cause of crimes and violence in the society is the persisting social inequality.

In this regard, he is to a certain extent similar to Notorious BIG, who was born and raised up in Brooklyn, New York. Notorious BIG grew up in the poverty stricken community and confronted crime and violence on the regular basis because crime and violence comprised an integral part of the daily life of his community (Staples, 2005). In such a situation, Notorious BIG also attempted to raise the theme of crime and violence in his works, which became the main theme of his creative work. Notorious BIG just attempted to convey his story to the public and to draw the public attention to the inner city and its burning problems. The theme of crime and violence is closely intertwined into many of his works. However, a large part of his works are semi-biographic that means that they were inspired by his personal experience.

At this point, the murder of Tupac Shakur was one of the most significant events in the life of Notorious BIG because the death one of the most influential rappers of the US has had a considerable impact on the personal philosophy of Notorious BIG and made him fully aware that the problem of crime and violence in poverty-stricken neighborhoods is an important problem that needs the immediate resolution (Flyn, 2011). This is why the theme of crime and violence became intertwined with the theme of death, especially premature death. In such a way, the rapper attracted the public attention to the problems of the inner city.

Unlike, Notorious BIG, Harold Pinter viewed existing social problems, including the problem of crime and violence were viewed from the philosophical perspective in the context of complex social processes (Baker, 2008). Instead, Notorious BIG just described the life of the inner city and showed that crime and violence have become a norm of the life of many Americans living in poverty. Harold Pinter attempted to make the audience think of causes of crime and violence and reveal the persisting social injustice as one of the major problems of the contemporary society.

In addition, Harold Pinter raised other important problems such as the problem of personal choices individuals have to make between the good and the evil. Such themes can be hardly traced clearly in works created by Notorious BIG. Instead, such themes may be traced rather implicitly than openly as is the case of many works created by Harold Pinter (Baker, 2008). In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that Harold Pinter tended to deeper analysis of processes that took place in society, whereas Notorious BIG just attempted to communicate burning problems of society which he eye witnessed in his life. The depth of themes raised by Harold Pinter is perfectly complemented by real life examples and evidence collected by Notorious BIG in his works. Such a difference is significant. At the same time, themes raised by Notorious BIG and Harold Pinter may be viewed as complementary in a way, although themes raised by Harold Pinter are more diverse compared to themes raised by Notorious BIG. Nevertheless, both artists conveyed socially important messages and themes in their works.

Techniques of Pinter and Notorious BIG

At the same time, it is not only themes that varied in works created by Harold Pinter and Notorious BIG but also techniques used by the artists. To put it more precisely, techniques used by Notorious BIG are determined by his style and cultural background. Notorious BIG was an outstanding representative of the hip hop culture, who promoted this culture. On the other hand, he naturally used techniques which are traditionally attributed to the hip hop culture to create his works (Flyn, 2011). In this regard, it is worth mentioning the fact that Notorious BIG was a successful rapper, whose works were quite different from techniques and tools were basically typical for other rappers of the Eastern coast.

In fact, the distinct feature of Notorious BIG music is the rude language and rhythmic music which backs up the lyrics of his songs. The use of rude language makes his works quite difficult to perceive for representatives of the mainstream culture. In such a way, works of Notorious BIG are quite challenging for the mainstream culture. On the other hand, the use of such techniques makes his works closer to the average people and, more important, makes his works authentic. Such authenticity makes the public aware of the importance of messages conveyed by the rapper to his audience. The authenticity of his works reveals real life problems of the inner city in the US.

In this regard, Harold Pinter’s techniques are quite different compared to Notorious BIG. In fact, critics (Gale, 2003) point out that Pinter has managed to create his original style and used techniques that made his works and style different from other playwrights. The development of the original style of Harold Pinter contributed to the emergence of the new word Pinteresque to describe the original style of the author (Gale, 2003). In such a way, Harold Pinter’s style was so distinct and influential that it became a new trend in the development of English culture. The introduction of the term Pinteresque proves the importance and influence of Harold Pinter’s works on English culture.

At the same time, Pinter’s technique may be characterized by the presence of satire and skillful depiction of important social problems. Many of his works have ironic tone and the author attempts to evoke the audience’s critical thinking. In other words, his works make the audience think about the issues which the author raises. Often, Harold Pinter does not give the direct answer to the audience. Instead, he suggests the audience to answer themselves. In such a way, he stimulates the critical thinking of the audience and encourages the public to start resolving important social issues which people confront at the moment.

Imprint of Pinter and Notorious BIG on society

The creative work of Notorious BIG and Harold Pinter has had a considerable impact on society and culture. Both artists have remained memorable imprint on their society and contributed consistently to the development of their culture. At the same time, it is worth mentioning the fact that their impact varied in depth and the time but it was very significant.

In fact, Harold Pinter had a much longer and significant impact on English culture and society due to this long lasting and successful career. He has been working for over half of a a century, while his works became very influential in the middle of the 20th century. In such a way, he has influenced the development of English culture and society for about half of a century. Many artists attempted to imitate his style, while his works has had a profound impact on the audience (Gale, 2003). Many people were virtually brought up reading and watching his works and learning his ideas and messages, which he conveyed by means of his works. In fact, the development of the complex and original style, many important themes raised in his works made Harold Pinter one of the prominent artists of his time making him not just a playwright but also a true cultural phenomenon in the UK.

As for Notorious BIG, his works have been also extremely influential contributing to the rise of the public attention to the problem of the inner city in the US, crime and violence (Flyn, 2011). However, in contrast to Harold Pinter, Notorious BIG has just a few years to achieve his greatest accomplishments including issuing the album which became diamond. The latter is the evidence of his great influence on the American society and culture. At any rate, he contributed consistently to the growing popularity of hip hop culture in the US and increasing public interest to problems and themes, which he raised in his songs.

Conclusion

Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the development of the creative work of such artists as Harold Pinter in the UK and Notorious BIG in the US has had a considerable impact on society and culture of the UK and the US respectively. At first glance, they were totally different but still they often raised themes which were close to each other, such as the theme of crime and violence. However, Harold Pinter was more sophisticated in his themes and style, while Notorious BIG was closer to the real world in his themes and style as well as techniques used in his works. Nevertheless, both artists have had a considerable impact on the development of the culture and drawing public attention to issues which they raised in their works.

 

 

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