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What differences and similarities are there in Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey?

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One of the similarities between the two plays is that the protagonists share adversarial relationships.

In A Taste of Honey, Helen and Jo (her daughter) openly resent each other. It is evident that Helen provides for herself and Jo through financial gifts from her lovers. Meanwhile, Jo blames her mother for the fact that they are always on the move. Jo's complaint is similar to that of Gus in The Dumb Waiter.

For his part, Gus resents his nomadic lifestyle: he and Ben are always on the move. They have to sleep during the day and work in strange surroundings at night. After each job, they have to leave the area quickly. Both Gus and Jo...

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