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"Dreams And Aspirations Feature Significantly In "The Caretaker." To What Extent Do You Agree With This Statement?

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In Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, he tries to put forth a theory whereby dreams and aspirations can only exist in the short run. In this case, the characters can only plan one step ahead, and that they can only move on if that step is accomplished. This short-sightedness of men towards the attitudes of their lives shows how they are unable to progress far in life as they cannot see beyond these few steps, and thus is unable to fulfill the goal in their lives. This idea is put across through the use of language, symbols and patterns that portrays the various themes such as the problematic nature of identity and failure of communication. Therefore, it is clearly evident that this statement is true to a large extent.Firstly, the theme of the failure of communication is displayed through its use of verbal and non-verbal techniques. Verbal language used in this instance, shows how the characters are hoping to live their "dream" life and the methods in which they display it in their speech. For example, Mick's use of shifting occupations as a way of domination over Davies plays out in this instance. He changes from being a lawyer in which he states "I can turn you to the police station in 5 minutes, have you in for trespassing, loitering with intent, daylight robbery, filching, thieving and stinking the place out." This shows how he incorporates the law with his own morals and mindset, dominating Davies through the use of continued speech, confusing him.He then takes on the role of a real estate agent in which he says, "Furniture and fittings, I'll take four hundred or the nearest offer. Rateable value ninety quid for the annum. You can reckon water, heating, and lighting at close on fifty." The absurdity of his language plays out the domination as he goes on and on despite knowing that Davies does not have the means to rent a place, and he is unable to comprehend such ideas, let alone obtain it.The shift towards the occupation of an insurance agent whereby "No strings attached, open and aboveboard, untarnished record; twenty percent interest, fifty percent deposit; down payments, back payments, family allowances, bonus schemes, remission of term for good behaviour," is stated. Again, he incorporates his own thinking into the legal law, uses terms such as "remission of term for good behaviour" that is strangely similar to serving a jail term.The "role play" in which Mick displays shows how the characters wish to be fluent in various occupations and how they desire to be what they want to be. Therefore, despite not achieving their goals in real life, they are able to reflect it through the figment of their imagination, incorporating such role-playing in their daily life. This indicates that identity is elusive and shifting, that there are no fixed desires and goals in life.The use of non-verbal techniques also plays out how dreams and aspirations are rampant in the play. Material objects are used to prove his worth and therefore to achieve his...

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