The Zoo Story Questions and Answers

The Zoo Story

Albee's The Zoo Story examines how isolated modern man is in the way he lives and the role capitalism plays in this isolation. If we compare Peter and Jerry, we can see that each man is isolated,...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019, 12:54 am (UTC)

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The Zoo Story is almost humorous in the absurd lengths to which Jerry goes to deal with the dog. The dog, which is owned by Jerry’s landlady, always tries to attack Jerry upon entering the house,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 3:26 pm (UTC)

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What happens at the end is exactly what Jerry wanted to happen. He wanted to die but not until he had an "intimate" connection with another human being. Jerry wished to "matter." He wished to...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 12:52 am (UTC)

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A slang meaning of zoo is a place or situation marked by "confusion or disorder," or sometimes "chaos and unrestrained behavior." The interaction between Jerry and Peter in the play is certainly...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019, 12:20 am (UTC)

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Although the capitalist system is largely based on the actions of individuals, be it consumers or entrepreneurs, it imposes, somewhat paradoxically, a degree of conformity on society. In such a...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021, 10:20 am (UTC)

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Jerry has been seen by critics as a "Christ figure" or at the very least a martyr who changes Peter's life forever with his short "encounter." Jerry brings the message to Peter that there is...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 12:47 am (UTC)

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I believe that Jerry's trip to the zoo was one of those examples of 'having to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a shorter distance correctly." What did Jerry say about his...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 12:43 am (UTC)

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The Zoo Story is a mixture of both realistic and absurd elements. Albee maintains that he met many prototypes for Peter and Jerry while working for Western Union delivering telegrams to rooming...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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Jerry has only just sat next to Peter on a park bench before he starts talking to him without being prompted. The men are complete strangers and yet Jerry has no compunction whatsoever in...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017, 6:35 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 12:58 am (UTC)

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In his conversation with Peter, Jerry makes it crystal clear that he has no time for his landlady. He describes her as a “fat, ugly, mean, stupid, unwashed, misanthropic, cheap, drunken bag of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2021, 9:32 am (UTC)

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It should be obvious from the beginning of the play that Jerry has a difficult time establishing any kind of relationship. From the beginning, he is aggressive. His whole purpose is to get...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2010, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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The first point that we need to make clear in answering this question is that Peter does not want to be around Jerry. All Peter wanted was to sit in the park by himself, read his book, and relax....

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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Jerry never finishes telling his story of the zoo to Peter. However, we do know that he needs, somehow, to make human contact of some sort. The fact that he went to the zoo relates to the fact...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2007, 12:25 am (UTC)

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Jerry is "disconnected." He has lost his family. He does not answer the letters he has saved in his strong box. He only loves the "little ladies" once. He has failed at the only relationship...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 12:55 am (UTC)

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Judging by the lines on the final page or two of the play, Jerry hopes that Peter will live as an animal, not a vegetable. By that he means, living as a vegetable is to live a life of habit, being...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2008, 9:45 am (UTC)

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I just want to add a little more to janeyb's excellent answer. The west side was the poorer side in the 1950s. Jerry doesn't like it because he feels the pressures of society to be a part of the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2007, 9:56 am (UTC)

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Jerry is a loner, and he is trying to get Peter to understand loneliness and suffering. Not necessarily Jerry's own suffering, but the suffering of the animals in the zoo, the other tenants in his...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2007, 1:25 am (UTC)

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The dog in question belongs to Jerry's landlady. Jerry says that his landlady is a sexual predator of sorts that is always hitting on him; however, audiences are likely to realize by even this...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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Well, if we were going to assume that each playwright has a specific, unified vision, we could not find it in a single work. Instead, we'd look at the entire body of work, published and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2008, 2:55 am (UTC)

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In short, the characters in "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee relate to the animals in three major ways. The first relationship between the characters and the animals is the way in which the animals...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019, 2:44 am (UTC)

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The "why" of this question is more complex than the "what." It is part of what makes "The Zoo Story" so compelling. Jerry never reveals a true motive. Is it that he is envious of Peter's...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2007, 2:17 am (UTC)

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There are many signs in "The Zoo Story" to signal that death will occur later in it. Whose death, however, is not always as clear. For example, when Peter prepares his pipe for smoking,...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2008, 4:42 am (UTC)

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Aggression could look different in a female than in a male. If you are going to play Jerry as a female, you will need to think about the lines which might imply seduction. Do you want the...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 1:03 am (UTC)

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Animals probably represent Jerry's baser nature. That is, animals act, sometimes brutually and sometimes seemingly without cause of attack. In a zoo, those animals also suffer isolation....

Latest answer posted May 4, 2007, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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