The Caretaker | Study Guide

Harold Pinter

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The Caretaker | Character Analysis



Davies is a man full of excuses and deceit. His sole purpose is to take care of himself as he pits two brothers against each other so he may have a place to stay. He finds excuses to not go to Sidcup to sort out his paperwork. He is prejudiced and constantly worries about the family that lives next door. He complains incessantly and is unappreciative. For example, he always turns away the shoes that are offered him and never says thank you. He reveals his true colors when he tries to set one brother against the other for his own selfish gain.


Aston brings Davies into his home after he has rescued him from an altercation in a tavern. Aston is slow-witted as evidenced by his broken speech. However, he is kind and generous which is evident when he offers Davies a bed, shoes, and supplies. He is gentle in demeanor and patient when Davies complains about his shoes, the draft, and the weather. Aston is eager to have someone listen to him and does not hesitate to share the story of his hallucinations, hospitalization, and shock treatments.


Mick is in his late 20s and is the owner of the home though he lives elsewhere. Mick is unpredictable. At times he is quite caring, but at other times he is somewhat aggressive. He is suspicious of Davies from the beginning and interrogates him extensively. While sometimes frustrated with his brother's lack of work ethic, he is protective of him and loyal to him.

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