the zoo story - Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG April...

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Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG April 19, 2008 Title: The Zoo Story Author : Edward Albee Response : Guessing from the title The Zoo Story , I thought the play was a fantasy similar to a Disney animation where the characters are different kinds of animals. However, it turns out to be a story with a bizarre encounter between two different people in the beginning and a shocking murder in the end. The entire scene is played out by just two characters--- a middle-class family man Peter and a younger man Jerry who desperately seeking people to talk. Albee’s choice of two vastly different characters already gives out a hint about their would-be conflicts in this play. Although the play has nothing to do with a Zoo, there are frequent references to animals; such as Jerry‘s repeated remark that “I have been to the zoo” and his grotesquely named tale of “THE STORY OF JERRY AND THE DOG”. This story on the surface sounds ridiculous, but it grows into a miserable account of his attempts to relate to other people in the society. The symbolic employment of the
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