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In The Homecoming, how does Harold Pinter present family relationships in crisis?

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The play The Homecomingby Harold Pinter presents to us an all-male family unit living together under the same roof, but living in as much isolation from each other as they possibly can. Harold Pinter describes the relationship between the father, Max, and his three sons Lenny, Joey, and Teddy as one in which the two main elements are anger and resentment. The family is obviously dysfunctional: They break every boundary of etiquette and mutual respect, they disrespectfully call each other by names, and there is not one member of that particular unit that can be considered "normal".

We first have Max. At his seventy years of age he is far from being a man who has learned from his past mistakes and has redeemed himself from them. Contrarily,  he is bitter, sour, mean, and abusive both physically and mentally. He takes pride on all his past mistakes and one could almost think that he is willing to go back in...

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