Write a short note on The Homecoming by Harold Pinter
The Homecoming, first produced in 1965 by the Royal Shakespeare Company, pits one family member against another in a working-class setting.
The play centers around two generations of brothers and the unexpected arrival of one son’s new wife. The father, Max, is a retired butcher and a widower; his brother, Sam, is a chauffeur.
They live with their two sons: Lenny, a violent pimp; and Joey, a witless demolition worker.
The oldest brother, Terry, is a professor of philosophy in the United States. His family has never met his wife, Ruth, until the couple arrive unexpectedly in the night for a visit.
Ruth not only stands up to Lenny’s antagonism and hostility, but she immediately displays her own brand of aggression and menace.
At the end of the play, Ruth’s husband leaves her with his family and returns to the States. Ruth and the rest of the family negotiate a situation for her whereby she will provide sexual and financial service to her new family by earning her living as a prostitute.