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The Homecoming; Plot Summary

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Introduction

The Homecoming; Plot Summary The Homecoming is set in an old North London house. The set is a large room extending the width of the stage. A wall has been removed to create a bigger room. The back wall, which contained the door, has been removed leaving a square arch shape. Beyond the room is a hall. The hall contains a staircase, a coat stand and the front door. In the main room there is a window, a table with odd chairs, two large armchairs, a large sofa, a large sideboard, the upper half, which contains a mirror and a radiogram. The play begins in the afternoon with Lenny seated on the sofa with a newspaper and a pencil. Max, the head of the household enters from the direction of the Kitchen. Max looks for a pair of scissors. He tries communicating with Lenny but receives no answer. There is a slight air of tension. Max's character is establish extremely early on, when he reacts to being told to shut up, by Lenny, with threats and uses his walking stick as a threatening, potential weapon. ...read more.

Middle

Ruth leaves the house for a walk. Lenny enters the room. Teddy and Lenny talk. Lenny shows that the family is complete and that time seems to only pass when they are all together by saying something is ticking in his room now. The situation feels uncomfortable and Teddy goes to bed. Lenny sits and Ruth enters. They have a discussion, they learn who each other is and Lenny tries exerting his power over Ruth by telling a threatening story of an encounter a women had with him. s****l tension builds and Ruth leaves Lenny shouting "What was that supposed to be? Some kind of proposal?" Ruth goes upstairs and then Max comes down. Max questions Lenny's presence in the lounge. Lenny doesn't tell Max, Teddy is back and with his new Wife Ruth. The Morning begins with Joey boxing in the mirror. He is doing some slow limbering exercises. Max enters, watches Joey. Joey picks up a paper and sits. Max complains about Sam always in the Kitchen. We see that Sam supplies the mother qualities to the family unit, like washing up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sam is in the room. They speak and we see Sam's favouritism towards Teddy. He tells Teddy he was his Mothers favourite as well. This further shows how Sam has filled the role of Jessie, Max's dead wife. Lenny enters and him and Teddy have a confrontation over Teddy eating Lenny's cheese roll. Sam leaves. Teddy seeks revenge for Lenny stealing his wife by taking his cheese roll. Joey comes down the stairs and into the room. They discuss about how he got on with Ruth. Joey did have s*x with Ruth and he seems dissatisfied and Lenny believes she is a tease. Sam and Max enter. They tell Max, Ruth is a tease. They decide to put Ruth on the game. Make her a prostitute. They decide to buy her a flat. Ruth comes down the stairs. They tell her they have invited her to stay. She haggles with them to come to a deal about her living arrangements and finance. Sam stands up and in one breath shouts "Macgregor had Jessie in the back of my cab as I drove them along." He then falls to ground with a heart attack. He doesn't die but it shows the replacement of the mother figure. Teddy leaves and Ruth takes Max's chair as a sign of her domination. ...read more.

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