Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
In another shipboard scene, well-to-do passengers lounge on deck chairs under the open sky, a setting in stark contrast to the dark underworld in which the stokers who keep the ship running live. Whereas the stokehold is enclosed, dark, and constricted, the passenger deck is open, light, and airy. O’Neill uses this contrast to emphasize the difference between the privileged and working class.
*Fifth Avenue. Fashionable avenue in New York City noted for its exclusive stores. Yank visits Fifth Avenue three weeks after his encounter with Mildred on the ship. Enraged by the thought that Mildred called him a “hairy ape” (which she did not), Yank–unwashed and dressed in greasy clothing–strides defiantly through a crowd of prosperous people who are pouring onto Fifth Avenue as their Sunday church services end. Eugene O’Neill presents Fifth Avenue as the churchgoers see it but later in the scene, in a stage direction, he offers Yank’s inner, expressionistic vision of what Fifth Avenue is: “The women are rouged, calcimined, dyed, overdressed to the nth degree.” Enraged when the crowd seems oblivious to his presence, Yank behaves increasingly violently until he is arrested.
*Blackwells Island. Now known as Welfare Island, small island in New York’s East River that had a penal institution at the time when the play was written. Yank is taken to the island’s jail after he is beaten and arrested by police. Scene 6 opens in the jail, in which a row of cells is exposed. The police have arrived, beaten Yank, and arrested him. While in the jail, Yank learns about the Wobblies, a labor organization that he thinks he must join.
Cages of various types are a recurring motif throughout the play. O’Neill’s stage directions in the first, third, and fourth scenes suggest that he sees the ocean liner’s stokehold as a cage. In the jail scene, Yank truly is in a cage; he awakens there thinking he is in a zoo. In the play’s final scene, he visits an actual zoo.
Union Hall. Meeting hall of the “Wobblies,” the International Workers of the World (IWW), located near New York’s waterfront. After being released from jail, Yank goes to the hall to join the union. Thinking the members will welcome him because of his willingness to dynamite steel plants and go to prison if necessary, he announces his intentions but is turned away as a dangerous dissenter. The union hall, which should be a haven for Yank, turns into another threatening locale, further alienating him.
Monkey house. Area at a public zoo (presumably the Bronx Zoo) in which the final scene is set. Failing to gain acceptance among human society, Yank goes to the zoo, where he tries to talk to a caged gorilla. He breaks the lock on the gorilla’s cage and releases the huge animal. However, when he tries to shake the gorilla’s hand in friendship, it turns on him, crushes him, throws his body into the cage, and wanders off. Yank is left to die in an ape’s cage, reinforcing the motif O’Neill has been building throughout the play.