Harold Pinter | Critical Essay by Valerie Minogue

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Harold Pinter.
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SOURCE: “Taking Care of the Caretaker,” in The Twentieth Century, Vol. 168, No. 1003, September, 1960, pp. 243-48.

In the following essay, Minogue argues that reviewers of The Caretaker focused too much on Pinter's style and ignored the content of the play.

A man went rushing into a building. ‘Fire! Fire! Fire!’ he cried. ‘Hell! the flaming house is on fire!’ Those who lived in the house had been trained in the New Criticism. ‘Splendidly vivid. Lower-class idiom,’ said one. ‘Repetitive but racy,’ said another. ‘Over-emotional of course, but dramatic,’ said a third. And they all went on with what they were doing. The funeral was a quiet affair.

This fable aptly represents the relations between Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker, and its critics. Although many have praised the production, the evocation of atmosphere...

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