What style did Harold Pinter use in The Homecoming?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

As in other Pinter's plays of the late 1950s and 1960s, The Homecoming has a realist setting but its style baffled audiences who were still used to reliable plot development and meaningful dialogues between the characters to advance the events in the play. Thus, except for the surface, the style of the play points to the absurd condition of human existence. The progression of the play does not always follow a cause-effect development as the audiences would have expected when it was first produced. In addition, very little reliable information is given about the characters' past and their actions. The conclusion where Ruth accepts to become a prostitute and provide sexual solace to his husband's male family members is given in such a matter-of-fact way so as to create in the viewers a disturbing clash between what they think absurd and what the characters in the play think as acceptable. Thus, Pinter's style in The Homecoming invites audiences to go beyond the referentiality of language and the characters' utterances to explore their deeper motivations and behaviors.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team