Alienation, From Other Men, And From Our World Essay
Jerry meets Peter. Jerry and Peter are as dissimilar as possible. Peter is a respectable citizen, a husband and father of two girls, two cat and two parakeets. He is a successful man in his early forties and in good shape. He’s a regular guy who conforms to social norms. Jerry on the other hand is in his late thirties, not in good shape and lives alone in a boarding house on the opposite side of town. Peter portrayed as a normal everyday guy and Jerry portrayed as transient with two empty picture frames.
PETER: “About those two empty picture frames.”
JERRY: “I don’t see why they need any explanation at all. Isn’t it clear? I don’t have pictures of anyone to put in them.” (1912).
These two men have contrasting personalities and ways of life. Peter lives in companionship with his family and Jerry lives in a place that everyone is isolated from the other. Jerry lets Peter know this when he said, “Well, no; it isn’t an apartment in the East Seventies. But, then again, I don’t have one wife, two daughters, two cats and two parakeets” (1912).
Jerry’s need for communication. We are first made aware of Jerry’s inadequacy immediately when…