What is the meaning of Jerry's going to the zoo in "The Zoo Story" by Edward Albee?

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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 trip to the zoo? He said he saw SEPARATION and ISOLATION...between the animals and the people and the animals and other animals.  This is very similar to the metaphoric zoo Jerry lives in every day in his rooming house where everyone is separated from each other and Jerry does not ever break through the "cages" to get to know anyone.  Jerry comes to an epiphany at the zoo.  Man cannot reach to make contact with others.  He decides that he will attempt to disprove his theory with Peter or "die trying."

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For some reason, which is not clear to me, often when life gets chaotic, it's compared to a zoo; how often have we heard "what a zoo!" in these situations.  My experience of zoos is that they are places of order with all the animals in their cages and paths that take us along the way.  Anyway, I think the zoo in this question is being used in the first sense, to stand for the chaos, class warfare and absurdity of life that Jerry has lived through.  Peter has not been to the zoo.  He has money, status, and is involved in an intellectual activity when Jerry exits the zoo and meets him.  Jerry is not going back to the zoo, although we do not know this as the play begins.  He is finished with it and is going to enlist the aid of Peter in finalizing his exit.

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