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by Harold Pinter

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What is the historical context of The Homecoming? How does Pinter's reference of the working class fit into this context?

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Pinter's primary focus in The Homecoming is the interpersonal dynamics of family life. However, in recognizing the time in which it was written, it seems the historical context has a profound impact on the relevance and meaning of the work.  Perhaps, it makes sense that these working class characters who see only their own immediate world fail to realize that they are impacted by the temporal conditions that surround them.

The historical context of London's North End in the mid- 1960s carries with it many elements that are meaningful to the drama's development.  The historical context is one of massive change.  The escalation in Vietnam, emerging discussions of race and gender relations, reconfiguration of international relations as formerly colonized nations asserted their own freedom is the backdrop for the drama.  In each of these aspects intrinsic to the historical context, there is profound change.  The protected and insulated world of what was gave way to the unpredictable...

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