characters in the play are isolated from one another. They cannot quite
maintain meaningful relationships with others. They don’t understand each other
because of fractured communication, choosing to stay in their personal worlds.
Moreover, they stay apart from society; they are isolated from the world
because for them it is confusing. The room in the play is a kind of as a
shelter where they expect to be safe.
Race and National
Origin: In 1950s Britain become multicultural that’s why race and national origin
are very important for Pinter’s characters because they are living in a time
and place when these things matters. After WWII, citizens of Southeast Asia,
India, and Africa were coming to European countries to settle there. These two,
race and national origin in that period determine who deserved something from
society and the government. Davies manifests the obsession of that time, he is
using words like nigger, blacks and in the same time he asserts his own rights.
Aston and Mick are not racist like Davies, but they still interested in the
birthplace of Mick.
is not an easy action for the three characters. It is hard for them to listen
others, or to answer direct questions. They are characterized by slowly speech
or in Davies’ case use a lot of sound and fury but with no meaning. Communication
styles seems to be influenced by social class and their treatment by society;
Aston is slow and thoughtful, Davies is loud and Mick uses language to
manipulate Davies. Because of their isolation they are unable to use language
properly to communicate.
Caretaker is characterized by a world full of absurdity. Life has no meaning
and it is fragmented, chaotic, confusing. The individual cannot find meaning or
value, the cannot rely on others, or God. The characters are isolated and
lonely, controlled by outside power. All
that Mick and Aston can hope for is for things to remain the same, and all
Davies can hope for is another small respite from the gnawing emptiness of his
Social Class: The problem
of race and national origin seem much more important than social class in the
text. Social class on the other hand is a subtler theme, and through which the
reader understands the revolutionary impact of Pinter’s play and the
motivations of the characters. All three of them are oppressed by dint of their
class, which means that they are privy to external authorities and controls
that strip their autonomy from them. Davis has no job, no papers, and has let
his personality to be characterized by prejudice and misplaced regard. Aston’s
lower-class status made him a victim of medical authorities, and Mick cannot
get better his life. In general, the characters are the example of beliefs,
values, and behaviors that are not worthy of regard.
Identity: Mick, Aston,
and Davies are memorable characters, but without fixed identity. Pinter
suggests that modern life is cruel with the person that cannot maintain a sense
of self. Aston, because of electroshock treatment lost his memory and sense of
identity, and Davies lost his papers, doesn’t know where he was born, but he is
afraid of knowing the answer of his birthplace, and has two names. Mick is
ambitious, smart and aggressive.