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When we are confronted with the word jail we generally envision cold hard concrete and steel bars slits for windows that let in as little sunlight as possible and dangerous fear-provoking criminals These confinements are thought of places where the filth scum and law-breaking degenerates of the world are kept Surely middle-class and upper class upstanding law abiding citizens would never be categorized as prisoners In Edward Albees The Zoo Story there appears the phrase where ever better in this humiliating excuse for a jailp35 Albee asks us to think of the term jail in a different but similar context Imagine if you would a zoo Animals roaming around in man-made settings that replicate their natural habitat and interacting with other creatures however what keeps the animals from attacking the people andor running away from the zoo never to be seen againbars Like the animals of the zoo people live and hide behind bars In essence the world as a whole can be viewed metaphorically as a jail This jail we as humans live in is often of our own creation a prison of sorts that our minds conjure to protect us from emotional distress Within the story it becomes blatantly obvious that Jerrys world is his jail Jerry says I live in a four-story brownstone rooming-house on the upper West Side I live on the top floor rear west Its a laughably small room and one of my walls is made of beaverboardp22 He then goes on to describe the inhabitants of the floor which he lives on a colored queen which always keeps his door open when he is plucking his eyebrowsp22 Later in the story he tells peter I think the rooms are better as you go down floor by floorp27 I think he is putting himself as being worse off than anyone else in the building by saying that it only gets better as you go
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