The Zoo Story
Two men run into each other at Central Park, trade information, and one dies. As tedious as this concept may seem, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee was chosen as one of the best plays of the 1960-61 seasons by Foreign Press Association (Amacher, Richard E). Edward Albee was born Edward Harvey in Washington, D.C or Virgina on March 12, 1928 . He was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Reed Albee and then moved to Larchmark, New York two weeks later. Edward Albee family dealing has exposed him to the theater at an early age and developed a zealous love for the arts, but his adoptive parents did not approve. They wanted him to follow a more predictable career. Edward Albee was far from the perfect child he was expelled from two private schools before graduating from Choate, and dropped out of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Edward finally had enough and decided to leave his parents and pursue his dreams. After unsuccessfully writing poetry and fiction, he finally found his calling in writing for the theater. Some of his most important works were, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? , The Death of Bessie Smith, Seascape, Three Tall Women and of course The Zoo Story. The Zoo story is about two men, Peter, who is a man in his early forties, middle size figure, and not that attractive and Jerry, who is in his late thirties, not well dressed and slightly fat. They met each other at Central Park on a Sunday afternoon. Due to Peter’s friendly and dominant personality, they have a much
extended conversation about their life. Jerry and Peter then get into a pointless argument about a
bench which led to Jerry’s death. Jerry’s super objective in this play is to end his miserable life. His life is miserable because he is lonely and because he lives in a zoo like society.
Firstly, Jerry was not as fortunate as other young kids during his younger days. “Good old mom and pop are dead” (Albee 5). Jerry never experienced the opportunity to really know what...