Absurdity and Reality-  what is the significance of the props associated with eash charcter: jerry'sknife and peter"s book?

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The knife is significant since murder/suicide by KNIFE is more personal than death by a gun.  One doesn't need to be close to his victim if he shoots a gun.  But in order to be stabbed, people must come within 6 inches of each other.  It is intimate and personal.  This is what Jerry wanted..that personal conection to someone.  Peter's book represents his refusal to look up and see the suffering around him.  Jerry makes him put the book down to engage with him.  

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