Harold Pinter | Critical Essay by Kelly Morris

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Harold Pinter.
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Critical Essay by Kelly Morris

SOURCE: “The Homecoming,” in The Tulane Drama Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter, 1966, pp. 185-91.

In the following essay, Morris discusses The Homecoming as a comedy of manners with a tragic theme.

Peer Gynt. … You seem busy here today—a christening? Or a wedding feast?

Man in Mourning. I'd call it, rather, a homecoming party; the bride is sleeping with the worms.

Peer Gynt, Act V

Eliot, speaking of Jonson, said that poetry dealing with the surface of life requires great deliberateness and simplicity of effect. Pinter is a poet of the surface. His manipulation of performance conventions suggests the “comedy of manners” in its dependence on standard theatrical devices and tightly constructed exploitation of speech and gesture patterns, disabused of conscious causality and motivation data. He differs radically from most comic...

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