In real sense, Jack is the protagonist. He is confronted by his friends and the whole society for having an affair with a girl 17 years younger than him. He faces opposition from other men like Brian, and Dean who try to woo Kate from him and actually introduce another woman to him.
The play contains a praxis where by Jack explains to Wayne the whole plot and acts in the play they intent to create. The praxis is not initially there it is given to the protagonist when he is introduced to the prostitute. The play evokes pity in the way the "writer" is being treated. The writer is deprived of his social rights by his publisher, and when the publisher brings him a compensation for his girlfriend, the publisher exploits the writer further by having an affair with the prostitute. The play is episodic because it involves several plays within the main play. Jack is always writing this or that play. The play is about Jack's life himself. It is symbolically about people who are always fighting with oppositions in their daily life. They produce only to have the fruits of their labor consumed by other people.
The playwright opens the play with the scene that tells us about a play that the characters want to create because it briefly narrates the life of the play protagonist, Jack. If this part was lost, the play may not have been easy to understand (Reiter 3).
If scene two was the first scene, the play would not have had the same meaning. Kate and Jack are talking about Kate's progress in getting an agent to support her acting career (Reiter 12). They are also taking about their affair. There is no place where we get to know Jacks fate, although we are made to know that he is facing opposition concerning their affair. The relationship is hot and intimate. It is worth saving. When Jack doubts her and insists that the agent is a suitor to her, Kate assures Jack that she loves him (Reiter 14).
Scene three is a symbol of fate. The playwright uses it to make us see the inability of human beings to control their own destinies. That which is predestined about us can not be changed by anything or anyone. We can panic but we can not twist it to fit our desires. Scene six takes place during the first meeting between Kate and April. The time is not specific (Reiter 6). In scene seven, Jack and Kate are now residing together. We also learn that Jack and Kate are no longer in the same level of love relationship as they were in scene two. We get this information from Jack when he is asked about the play (Reiter 41).
Scene nine is used to explain to us the relationship between Kate and Jack, and Kate and Dean. Dean is not happy to hear that Kate and Jack are doing fine. Scene ten is a "post coital" because it helps us to learn the roots of the relationship between Jack and Kate, and some personalities of Jack we were not aware of (Reiter 52). Scene eleven is created immediately after the tenth one to explain to us the kind of situation it was on the first day Jack and Kate made love. It was a date rape.
Scene twelve is made to tell us the Kate's moral disintegration as she goes on meeting different people in her acting career (Reiter 59). Timmy's monologue is meant to foreshadow Jack's actions after his break up with Kate. Kate goes to the after-party because she wants to impress her friends. Kate accepts to take the