I'm not going to divulge into what I think the meaning of this play is; I'll let you figure that out for yourself. Unexpectedly, Jerry pulls a knife on Peter, and then drops it as initiative for Peter to grab. And each time Peter inquires about the zoo story, it goes like this: Peter: Is this something about the zoo? While he kept a lookout for Miss Battleaxe, the girls entertained car drivers who were following the coach. After repeated and repudiated attempts at friendship, Jerry decided to murder the dog by feeding it a poisoned hamburger patty. I think we stayed a long time that way.
I got a glimpse of the driver in his mirror and he looked as if he was going to be sick. In The Modern American Theatre, ed. There is, however, no copy of The Sandbox, an Albee play from this period, in the collection. Kernan, Englewood Cliffs, 1967, p. Theatre of the Absurd This play is a great example of The Theatre of the Absurd. His works are considered well-crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. But it isa weird, non-universal experience, and, in a roundabout way, that's something we can all relate to.
In the play, Peter and Jerry represent the two different types of people. Jerry first tries to bribe the dog with hamburgers. Garden City, New York, 1969 , p. Of course, as we later find out, he is actually a businessman. Jerry continues to ask Peter questions about his life, his job, and his interests. I played the conservative, bespectacled establishment character Peter in a small college production of Albee's one-act play in the spring of 1974.
Jerry's success in changing Peter comes at the cost of his life; however, there are interesting techniques deployed by him in order to convert Peter from an incommunicative person to someone who finally understands the value of human connection. It's about being alone in a meaningless life. I said, I've been to the zoo. The one-act play features Peter and Jerry. The play premiered in the United States in a production by Theatre 1960 at the on January 14, 1960 and closed on May 21, 1961. He expounds further on this connection later. Jerry promises to tell Peter about his trip to the zoo, but is sidetracked into telling Peter about his landlady, a drunken woman who constantly propositions him.
The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication as anathematization, social disparity and dehumanization in a materialistic world. Only non-professional and college theaters may produce The Zoo Story in its original version. They don't seem to like each other. Early critics frequently compared The Zoo Story with the work of Samuel Beckett. Jerry confides that he rarely talks to other people, but that he loves to know everything about people he does talk to. In many ways, he lacks the luxury to redefine himself as Peter has.
I mean, I can concentrate longer at looking into a dog's face than a dog can concentrate at looking into mine, or into anybody else's face, for that matter. After about an hour, Miss Battleaxe came back along the path, and seeing Thomas in his cage, got an attendant to unlock it. For a reading experience, they can be useful since they give the audience hints about what to expect from the characters. Is Peter less absurd than Jerry? The small woman policeman pointed to an empty sweet bag which was lying on the path. Although he is initially hysterical, Jerry soon calms down and accepts his death.
Maybe it's about a family's trip to their local zoo. Peter: The zoo; the zoo. We then boarded the coach. Peter is the bourgeois, self-satisfied, not-much-happening-here-on-this bench sort. There is absurdity in their lives, but also a stark reality. Heck, we'd even argue that life as a whole is a weird, unique experience for each and every one of us.
Directed by Milton Katselas, the cast was Peter and Jerry. In a typical absurdist story, characters must grapple with the meaninglessness of their circumstances — and by extension, of life in general. And that would have been the end of it, but a few days later, we discovered what had happened from one of the cleaners. Don't you have any idea, no, even the slightest, what other people need? What is The Zoo Story About and Why Should I Care? Peter realizes this guy is trying to talk to him. We find out Peter works for a publishing house. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats, and two parakeets. It's odd, and I wonder if it's sad.
Concentration on the conflicts between the two characters, detecting the causes of their alienation, and finally analyzing the techniques that Jerry employs to convert Peter, are the main issues discussed in this study with the hope to enlighten the hidden corners and revealing the implied meanings of a play which is quite rich in its symbolic suggestiveness. If Peter wasn't around, who would Jerry scare? The play begins with Peter sitting, reading, on a bench in New York's Central Park. Having that said, I should probably revisit Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a play of his I seemed to have enjoyed the best. He would only allow the two-act play. His attitude changes quickly from amusement to fury. And it goes on from there: Jerry: Do you mind if we talk? Analysis The opening minutes of are mostly focused on characterization. GradeSaver, 30 December 2013 Web.