The Zoo

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The Zoo Story Edward Albee wrote “The Zoo Story” in 1958. Many people were attracted to its absurdist outlook on realistic life. The plot, which involves the character’s orientation with one another, is realistic; however, it also distinguishes between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world. By applying this philosophical orientation, Albee is able to develop his characters throughout the play. One character in particular would be Peter who is “a man in his early forties, neither fat nor gaunt, neither handsome nor homely. He wears tweeds, smokes a pipe, carries horn-rimmed glasses. Although he is moving into middle age, his dress and his manner would suggest a man younger.” One way Albee reveals the character of Peter, is that he uses repetition throughout his play. Albee’s language he chooses to use is very crucial in the unraveling of Peter and understanding the full concept of the meaning of the play. In the first line of the play, Jerry states, “I’ve been to the zoo” three times. Possibly without realizing, the reader might not understand that Jerry has alrea...

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