The Homecoming Questions and Answers
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Examine Pinter's portrayal of a violent working class in The Homecoming, with specific reference to Lenny's monologues and the use of animal imagery in the drama. How are these ideas reflective of the magnifying glass effect in the drama?

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Violence is an essential part of the world that Pinter depicts in The Homecoming Violence is shown to be a means by which control is obtained, and essential to the structure of the family. The men in the family use violence in their professional realms.  This is how they interact with others domestically.  Violence becomes a way in which the men are able to display their masculinity.  Emotional and physical violence establish order and embody the exercise of power. Each character uses violence as a means of control. Joey's boxing is the most obvious use of violence, a professional being where force is used to submit is the same elements in how he relates to Ruth. Verbal violence such as calling her a "tart" and then physical force in trying to "go all the way" with her is a reflection of this.  Max's violence as a butcher, someone who forcefully dismembers, can be paralleled to how he uses verbal violence in the forms of put downs and insults.  His professional aspect of...

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