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The Caretaker: Introduction
The Caretaker: Plot Summary
The Caretaker: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Caretaker: Themes
The Caretaker: Quotes
The Caretaker: Characters
The Caretaker: Symbols
The Caretaker: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Harold Pinter
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- Full Title: The Caretaker
- When Written: 1959
- Where Written: London
- When Published: 1960
- Literary Period: Absurdist Theater
- Genre: Drama, Tragicomedy
- Setting: A house in west London
- Climax: Aston tells Davies about his forced institutionalization.
- Antagonist: Davies
- Point of View: Dramatic
Extra Credit for The Caretaker
From Stage to Screen. A film version of The Caretaker, directed by Clive Donner, was released in 1963. The film was based on Pinter’s unpublished screenplay.
Alternate Ending. Pinter originally planned to have The Caretaker end with Mick and Aston murdering Davies, though he ultimately decided to spare Davies this gruesome fate.