Study Guide

The Zoo Story Sexuality and Sexual Identity

By Edward Albee

Sexuality and Sexual Identity

As with sex, sexuality isn't talked about explicitly much in the play. But Jerry tells you, at a couple of points, that he's homosexual, or at least had homosexual relationships. And for his part, Peter's sexual identity as a heterosexual guy is called into question in a few places—there's tension in his relationship with his wife and with his own masculinity. The Zoo Story isn't just a play about not telling you about the zoo; in a lot of ways, it's a play about a love affair between two men.

Questions About Sexuality and Sexual Identity

  1. Does Jerry love Peter? What evidence is there to support your answer one way or the other?
  2. Is Peter's marriage happy? How do you know?
  3. Would the themes of sexuality and sex be different if Jerry or Peter were a woman? How so?

Chew on This

Jerry's tragedy in the play is that he can't admit his own homosexuality.

Peter's tragedy in the play is that he can't admit his own homosexuality.