The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Summary

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Summary
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Summary

The Caretaker Summary

The play takes place in one room of a house in West London during the 1950s. it’s winter. The play begins with Mick sitting on a bed within the room, but when he hears a door open and shut somewhere offstage, he leaves. Aston, his brother, and Davies, an old tramp, enter. Aston has helped Davies during a fight at the cafe where he was working an odd job. Aston offers Davies clothes, shoes, and an area to remain the night. Davies is loud and opinionated, complaining about the “blacks” and other people of other races. Aston, against this, is reserved, shy, and speaks haltingly. Davies accepts Aston’s offer and says he will need to go right down to Sidcup to urge his papers, which can confirm who he’s.

The next morning Aston tells Davies that he was being loud in his sleep, a press release that Davies strenuously rejects. Aston prepares to travel out, and tells Davies he can stay there. The tramp says he will attempt to find employment. After Aston is gone, Mick enters and engages Davies during a silent tussle. He asks Davies what his game is.

Mick asks Davies strange questions and discourses on random topics, discombobulating the older man. He finally says that Davies can rent the space if he wants. Aston returns with a bag of Davies’s belongings. Mick leaves. The bag seems to not be Davies’, and he’s annoyed. Aston asks Davies if he wants to be the caretaker of the place; he, in turn, is meant to be decorating the landing and turning it into a true flat for his brother. Davies is wary initially because the work might entail real work, but he agrees.

Later Davies is within the room and Mick uses the vacuum within the dark to frighten Davies. Adopting a more casual manner, he asks Davies if he wants to be a caretaker. Davies asks who really is responsible for the place, and Mick deceives him. He asks Davies for references, and Davies promises to travel to Sidcup to urge them.

The next morning Davies prolongs his decision to travel out, blaming inclemency. Aston tells him about how he wont to hallucinate and was placed in a mental facility and given electroshock treatment against his will. His thoughts are slower now, and he wishes he could find the person who put the pincers to his head. All he wants to try to do, though, is build the shed within the garden.

Two weeks later, Davies is filled with complaints about Aston, delivering them to Mick. One night Aston wakes Davies to form him stop making noise in his sleep, and Davies explodes, mocking him for his shock therapy. Aston quietly says he’s not understanding and need to leave. Davies curses him and says he will ask Mick about it.

Davies speaks with Mick and argues that Aston should be evicted. Mick pretends to accept as true with him for touch, then starts to ask Davies about his claim that he’s an expert interior designer. Befuddled at this claim he didn’t make, Davies tries to correct Mick. At one point he calls Aston nutty, which causes Mick to order him to go away. He gives Davies money to pay him out for his services.

Aston enters, and both brothers are faintly smiling. Mick leaves, and Davies tries to plead with Aston again. He grows more and more desperate, wheeling, and promising to be better. All Aston says is that Davies makes an excessive amount of noise. The curtain descends on Davies’ protestations.

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Summary
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Summary


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