A critical analysis of Ruth's journey within Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' (1965), using Judith Butler's theories of 'Gender Construction', and 'Gender Performativity'
(2013) A critical analysis of Ruth's journey within Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' (1965), using Judith Butler's theories of 'Gender Construction', and 'Gender Performativity', no. 62.
The aim of this project is to produce an investigative study into the character Ruth, through the means of critically analysing, using a framework that has been shaped through feminist theory. In doing so, the study aims to give an alternative outlook to Ruth as a character, in terms of the analysis providing evidence as to finding out what she represents. Feminist framework will be applied to analyse Ruth's journey within 'The Homecoming', in terms of her motives within, her overall presence, her end goals, and her relationships with the characters. These analysis questions and more will be investigated through the means of qualitative research. This research will combine literature with understanding using comparative analysis to evoke a feministic reading of Ruth's journey. By inputting feminist theories into her journey, it should portray a vast interpretation into Ruth's existence within this particular culture, in which she has been introduced to. This investigation will assume itself with analysing the literature available, interpreting this literature into a feminist framework, eventually leading to this framework being inputted to Ruth's action within the play. This will then conclude findings into the usefulness of how feministic theories can bring to the surface the true motives behind Ruth's characterisation, and what Pinter (1965) was striving to communicate through her as a pivotal character within 'The Homecoming' (1965).