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Use of language in "The Homecoming".

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Use of language Pinter uses language in many different ways in "The Homecoming". One of the most prominent ways is the meaning behind what is actually being outwardly said. Language is like a game where personal attacks are couched in the strategic use of polite enquiries, but are really malicious and destructive. There is also a large amount of sub-text, and a lot of it is expressed within mixed meanings of what is being vocalised - "Lenny: But I'm your son. You used to tuck me up in bed every night. He tucked you up too, didn't he, Joey? Pause He used to like tucking up his sons." This gives off slight implications that Max used to abuse his children when they where younger. In "The Homecoming", Pinter really shows how language can not be trusted and that thought and the unconscious must be trusted as it is what someone is really meaning and thinking. Language is almost like an iceberg. ...read more.


Another type of language used by Pinter is the language of aggression. "Lenny: Plug it, will you, you stupid sod, I'm trying to read the paper. Max: Listen! I'll chop your spine off, you talk to me like that! You understand? Talking to your lousy filthy father like that!" "Max: We've had a smelly scrubber in my house all night. We've had a stinking pox-ridden slut in my house all night." These are just two examples but the aggressive language is used constantly throughout the play. There is a lot of symbolism used in the language throughout the play- "Lenny: (to TEDDY) Your cigar's gone out. Teddy: Oh, yes. Lenny: Want a light? Teddy: No. No Pause So has yours." The cigar going out is symbolising both of their impotence. The use of this symbolism is an easy way for Lenny to make a painful comment towards his brother and then for Teddy to say it right back again. This technique is used a fair amount throughout the whole play, and never is it someone implying something nice to the other. ...read more.


Business language is also present as some points throughout "The homecoming". "Lenny: I've got very distinguished clientele, Joey. They're more distinguished than you'll ever be. Max: So you can count yourself lucky we're including you in." Just as that the formal and academic language was only really used in a cruel way, this business vocabulary is discussing putting someone on "the game", which is obviously not a nice topic. The accents of each character is not specified in the script but it is said that they are in North London, and after reading the play you can get what kind of class they most likely have quite a common North London accent. Teddy and Ruth however probably speak slightly better than the rest of the family. There is also some biblical language used throughout the play. One of which is Ruth's name. Ruth was a biblical character who ends up in an unfamiliar place and this is exactly what happens to her in "The Homecoming". Another example is actually said in the dialogue. "Max: You're not only lovely and beautiful, but you're kin. You're kith. You belong here." ...read more.

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