Written on: 11/02/2010
Pinter's The Caretaker is a powerful play that, if directed and performed with intelligence, can create tremendous dramatic tension. The battle of wills that takes place between the tramp Davies and Mick, shows us the very primal territorial instincts of human beings. And what are Davies and Mick battling for? On the surface, it seems to be over the room; a place of refuge for the homeless Davies and a place for Mick to dream of his future. But on a deeper level, the two antagonists are... (read more)
Written on: 27/03/2009 by will123
The Caretaker symbolises modern day hopelessness in life and illustrates perfectly the class divide that is so evident in our society. Very little is achieved throughout the play, and the story comes full circle as Davies is accepted into the room at the beginning and is made to leave by the end of the play.
Pinter fills the audience with frustration as this tragic tale leaves the audience wanting more, a twist, an explosion of action, anything. However painting the perfect picture of the... (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2009 by Elisabetta (1 review written)
There's virtually no plot whatsoever, if you like plays that are full of intriguing, interesting, and vibrant characters then turn away now! There are no great scenes of any real intensity or rapture, Harold Pinter keeps the reader in a torturous state of frustration and expectancy, throughout the play you are waiting for the explosion, the big event! Fireworks to fly! - Stop hoping or expecting before you've even picked the play up, I assure you it's not going to happen.
Harold Pinters'... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2004 by dierckxjan (35 reviews written)
The caretaker by Harold Pinter is the story of three men. Mick is the proprietor of a shabby house in the countryside. Aston, his brother, is always busy with something but never accomplishes anything. Finally there is Davies, some kind of a hobo adopted by Aston who gives him a place to sleep and - after a while - asks him if he wants a job as the caretaker. Davies is very reluctant and find petty excuses to postpone the decision of becoming the caretaker.
What is the plot of this play?... (read more)
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