Teacher Guide

The Homecoming Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Homecoming

The Homecoming is one of Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s most compelling and critically acclaimed plays. Disturbing, enigmatic, and darkly comic, it has been staged continually since its 1965 debut.

It is no accident that Harold Pinter is often hailed as one of the masters of the style called the Theater of the Absurd, and The Homecoming fits neatly into such a category. With Pinter, it is not so much the premises of the play that are absurd as it is the characters' dialogue and behavior; it is more the human reaction that ventures into the absurd rather than the external action itself. In The Homecoming, the premise of a father, his two sons, and his brother living together is...

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