Themes and Meanings

(Comprehensive Guide to Drama)

Bus Stop examines love and its expression at various levels. Bo epitomizes the concept of young, romantic love, idealistic in his pursuit of the first woman with whom he makes love. He is the noble savage from the rural environment of the ranch. His enthusiasm as a young broncobuster spills over into his relationship with Cherie; he considers it his duty to rope and tie her and take her back to Montana as his wife. Cherie, on the other hand, is an experienced girl, whose reaction to the news that she is Bo’s first conquest is, “Well, I sure ain’t never had that honor before.” Her experiences in life have been much different from those of Bo; her environment dictated expediency. Her background made it necessary for her to seek employment and to come to grips with life in a milieu where human nature is baser and less kind.

Grace and Carl are content with physical love. She was married previously but did not find the situation enjoyable. While it is never stated concretely that Carl is married, the audience assumes that he is because of his reluctance to discuss it. Their encounter during the snowstorm brings fruition to a physical attraction that has been developing for some time. Both are content with this level of love. He enjoys a dalliance on the road, and she appreciates a strong man to fulfill her physical needs. Neither wants commitment; in this way, their relationship is perfect.

Dr. Lyman represents thwarted or immature...

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Bus Stop Themes

Change and Transformation
Initially, Bo is a loud and aggressive man; yet eventually with the help of Virgil and...

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