Character Analysis of Harold Pinter's the Caretaker

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Erlina Suwardi 2009-031-055 Character Analysis of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker In drama, characters play a dominant role in order to present the scenes. Whether good or bad the characters are, they are the ones who make the play and without them, there will be no play can be presented. In this play , there are only three characters, the brothers, which are Aston and Mick, and the old tramp, Davies. It begins with Aston who brings Davies to his place owned by his brother, Mick. Aston allows and offers Davies, who seems to be homeless, to stay in his room. From the very beginning of the play until the end, the characters do not allow themselves to form good relationship with one another, as they come and go without certain purpose,…show more content…
Me? You talking to me?... Not me man, you! ..You better find somewhere else..I live here. I been offered a job here.. I’m going to be his caretaker, he’s going to run this place, and I’m staying with him...” (p.911 line 81- p. 912 line 5). He also seems to be racist person not only to Black people but also Greeks, Poles and Scotch eventhough they do no harm to him (p. 888 line 29-38; p889 line 19-20; p.894 line48-54). Mick, who plays the role of Aston’s brother, is the one who is actually responsible to treat Aston with brotherly affection. However, Mick treats Aston as the outsider. Moreover, Mick is also not a responsible person because he is trying to switch responsibility from himself to Davies by offering Davies to be a caretaker eventhough he knows that Davies is not a qualified person. Though there is a hope between the brothers to communicate each other again when Mick smiles while looking Aston at the end of the play (p.914, line 47-52), he does not stay or live with him. He chooses to leave Aston at the end. For overall, with these three different characters, the whole story just simpy does not make any sense. It is illogical, conflictless, plotless and meaningless and that is what it meant by the absurd play. Everything is pointless and beyond human rationality to understand. Absurd play came after the World War II to represent

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