The Caretaker: Veinticinco años después

Cuadernos De, Filolog~a Inglesa
1985 unpublished
Twenty-$ve years ago The Caretaker was Pinterls$rst successful stage play, and it is still one of his best. As in many of Pinter's works, this play begins with comic expectations, but from there it moves to a point where the laughs stop. This paper aims to show how Pinter writes from whithin his characters, his method consisting of thepsychological analysis he is constantly making through their speeches. There has been a great deal of controversy over Pinter's claim that thrre is no message, no
more » ... e is no message, no content, no hidden meanings beneath the surface of his plays. His most outstanding merit is the way he uses language to outlinepersonalities, language becoming asympton. Thispsychological approachprovides un answer to many of thepuzzling questions raised by his plays, while, at the sume time, presewing and stressing their dreamlike structure and their poetic ambiguity. Harold Pinter no había causado gran impacto en la escena teatral inglesa hasta 1959: sus obras anteriores habían pasado poco menos que inadvertidas. Fue The Caretaker, representadaen el Arts Theatre Club de Londres el 27 de abril de 1960, la que por fin le consagró como uno de los mejores dramaturgos ingleses del momento. Este triunfo actuó retrospectivamente y su obra anterior fue vista con nuevos ojos por la crítica. The Careraker representa paraPinter un retorno a la simplicidad: ausenciade amaneramiento y de violencia, acción casi mínima y tan sólo tres personajes. Precisamente en este mismo período, Pinter trabajó en una complicada obra que luego él mismo relegó al olvido, The Horhouse. Martin Esslin ha tenido acceso al manuscrito de ésta, notable por su artificio
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