In Barefoot in the Park, what is the dramatic meaning? 

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The dramatic meaning of the late Neil Simon’s 1963 play “Barefoot in the Park ” is that relationships, especially marriage, do not come easy and that success is dependent upon a mutuality of give-and-take. In other words, compromise. Simon’s play is about a young, newly-married couple setting up their first home in a tiny apartment. They have just enjoyed their honeymoon, but the real work of living together begins. Complicating matters for Paul and Corie Bratter is the considerable gulf between their respective temperaments. Paul, the audience learns, is just starting out in his career as an attorney. Corie, we will gather, will take care of the home. Paul is conservative; Corie is a free-wheeling, adventurous individual described by Simon in his stage instructions as “young and full of hope for the future.” Contrast Simon’s description of Corie with that provided for the character Paul: “Paul is 26 but breathes and dresses like 56.” He is suit and tie; she is jeans...

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