The place never changes and the action of the play unfolds in a linear manner, from beginning to end, in front of the audience. This phallic symbol at the end, refers to Freud ideas and by considering his ideas you can say The knife that Peter wields and Jerry falls upon can be seen as a symbol of a p-e-n-i-s. Generally, The Zoo Story is about Jerry's experience at the zoo before he came to the park, but it never came out in details. You did right in the first two sentences of your paragraph because you presented a brief background about zoos. Edward Albee, The American Dream and The Zoo Story New York, 1959 , p. Think of tradition, convention, and normality. Uppity business man taking a break from his day.
Climax Turning Point The big, climactic, exciting moment of no return occurs late in the play, when Jerry tries to put Peter off the bench. The intoxicated couple stumbles and exchange quips about each other 's characteristics. About Me For those new to me or my reviews. Their meeting represents Peter's encounter with himself--one he resists due to the ho I'm sure that one can read this play in any number of ways. The dog would attack Jerry, even though he tried to make friends with it.
Suddenly, Jerry charges Peter and impales himself on the knife. Oh right, Jerry pulls a knife, and actually gives it to Peter. Many believe that the play still follows the lead of the comedies in presenting its major theme. Edward Albee: A Singular Journey: A Biography. The main provocative in them among other things was to defy the traditional ideologies that deemed women inferior. We have demonstrated the multiplicity of love's identity despite the universally unifying attributes attached to it by the individual characters inside the play.
Vernon Rice Memorial Award, 1960. Jerry looks as if he compares his relationship to Peter to the authors Marquand and Baudelaire. His parents died when he was young, and his only significant romantic relationship was a short liaison he had with another boy when he was a teenager. It's a story about how different personalities handle conflict or friendship. Peter and Jerry's encounter begins rather comically, but ends in shocking, sudden violence.
I also turned Jerry, into a female character, so that I could associate more with whom I was playing. If you haven't read this story, you've missed out on something intense and truly spellbinding. This shocks Peter, who refuses to fight. In his plays The Dumb Waiter, The Room and Birthday Party absurd is presented in its different aspects and faced by different characters. Jerry was thrown in a world that he felt did not want him, and his human flaw of wanting to escape loneliness led to his tragic death. But he might well be horrified after sex too, since he's married and thinks of himself as heterosexual.
Peter runs away screaming in horror again, reasonable reaction and Jerry dies. A few critics, however, dismissed the play because of its absurd content and seemed confused as to what Albee was trying to say with it. When Edward Albee wrote The Zoo Story in 1958, it was the first play that he wrote as an adult and only the second play that he wrote in his lifetime. After repeated and repudiated attempts at friendship, Jerry decided to murder the dog by feeding it a poisoned hamburger patty. Jerry fights with the dog just like he fights with other people. Jerry needs to know about the location of the zoo. Jerry comes up and says he's been to the zoo.
The performance of these deeds calls for a questioning: a questioning of whether or not these acts represent an idea greater than the act itself, and a questioning of what Albee is attempting to convey by pushing boundaries with this wayward behavior. The Zoo Story, written by Edward Albee, is a one act play that involves the meeting of two characters, Peter and Jerry. Dog: The dog attacks Jerry, Jerry tries to poison him. Jerry, the hero, is still around. Brown and Bernard Harris New York, 1967 , p.
This means that women are not only inferior to men but also less educated and unsophisticated. Charles Baudelaire is similar to Jerry in the sense that he was more scandalous and lower class, as John Phillips Marquand can compare to Peter because he was socially appealing and higher class. Kernan, Englewood Cliffs, 1967, p. Although to the public eye most marriages of the 1960s suggested that American lives behind closed doors were perfect, Edward Albee 's Who 's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Zoo Story is short, and not much happens. Name: Institution: Course: Date: Analysis: The Zoo Story by Edward Albee The Zoo Story by Edward Albee is about Jerry, a man whose loneliness compels him to start up a conversation with another man Peter on a bench in Central Park. As a drama, it succeeds on all levels.