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  • on April 17, 2015
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‘The future belongs to crowds’ - the allure of the group in Pinter’s The Caretaker and DeLillo’s Mao II

In Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves Steven Hassan explores the elements of ‘destructive mind control’, particularly within the context of a cult. He uses the acronym BITE - Behaviour control, Information control, Thought control and Emotional control - the four basic components. Don DeLillo’s Mao II and Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker may differ enormously in form, period and style, but, thematically, they explore similar ground: ‘destructive mind control’ in the context of cult behaviour. However, within the context of Pinter’s theatrical absurdities of the sixties and DeLillo’s contemporary study of a dystopia characterised by ‘bomb-makers and gunmen’ and where ‘the future belongs to crowds’ the implications of BITE and the impact of cult behaviour differ.  

BITE puts emphasis on the importance of erasing individuality and promoting a group mentality as a method of behaviour control. Hassan succinctly bullet points ‘Individualism discouraged; group think prevails’. Mao II focuses on group thinking and crowds: from the engaged masses at Yankee stadium in the prologue to the homeless in Karen’s park (‘it looks like Beirut’) to the anonymous city crowds which feature in the background of almost every page. The crowds seem unescapable. The closing line of the prologue, ‘The future belongs to crowds’ is a brief yet harrowing introduction to this dystopian novel. The Caretaker doesn’t explicitly feature crowds, however the relationship between Aston, Mick and Davies contains a dynamic that seems to be long to a cult, or else collapse. The allure of the group feels eerily akin to a sort of cult initiation for Davies and, in turn, for the audience. Similarly the ‘cult’ of Bill Gray and his writing excludes any outsiders, including the reader. In chapter 6 DeLillo makes us as the reader the outsider of the dinner party, unable to probe...

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