The childhood of Yank had been a complete distressing childhood that Yank never wanted to talk about. Yank had gone through horrible moments when he was a child. Listening to his father who was abusive was a misery for Yank as a kid. Yank’s parents used to fight severely every night that they would break the furniture. Yank left his home when his mother died because of tremens. Yank was so tired of his father’s punishment and beatings that he had no other option but to run away from home.
Yank had been projected as a fireman working in a ship. In the beginning of the drama Yank had been displayed as a happy person who knows that the work he does is important for the ship. But soon he comes to know that he stands nowhere in the society. His social status was null and he could not do anything to raise his standard.
His lack of knowledge holds him back from understanding the world and understanding where he belongs in life. No education means that Yank has to rely on his strength and the little skills that he has to help him endure and get through life. However, these skills will not get him to a higher class in society because he still has no education. Yank's inability to think not only puts him at a lower social class, but renders him unable to fit in or defend himself in the world besides when he's on the ship.
Yank meets Mildred Douglas who is a daughter of a rich man. Mildred goes through the same identity crisis. Mildred is a woman who has been projected as a lady willing to work for the humanity. After meeting Mildred, Yanks learns that he is stuck in the so called class trap where the lack of education and wealth is important for being in the high class ring. Together Yank and Mildred share the sense of belonging and undergo the search for status they belong.
In the last scene, Yank goes to a zoo, where he talks to a gorilla. Yank frees him from the cage, and the gorilla hugs and crushes Yank, putting him in the cage. Yank dies...