The Zoo Story Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Zoo Story is a confrontation between middle-class America and the outcasts of society. Set in central park, Peter, an average American, is confronted by Jerry, a lonely man from the wrong side of the park. Jerry tries to teach Peter the realities of life that Peter has tried to ignore. He tries to teach Peter the nature of human existence and relationships. Through a serious of failed conversations and misinterpretations of the act of love, Jerry begins his experiment to see if the middle class Americas are animals after all.
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The review of this Book prepared by joanna kapusta

Peter is nearing middle age and appears neat and well off. While sitting in Central Park Zoo, he is approached by a younger man, disheveled and dirty. This man, Jerry, brings up questions that seem silly and give the play great humor but deal with religion and sexuality (particularly homosexuality).
The review of this Book prepared by Jessica Marler

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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