Rhinoceros | Study Guide

Eugène Ionesco

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Rhinoceros | Characters

Character Description
Berenger Berenger is something of a misfit in society who resists becoming a rhinoceros. Read More
Jean Jean is a well-groomed, pompous man and Berenger's best friend. Read More
Daisy Daisy is a legal secretary who becomes romantically involved with Berenger. Read More
Dudard A coworker of Berenger, Dudard prides himself on being analytical and objective. Read More
Logician The logician is obsessed with using logic to explain everything, even if his logical conclusions contradict reality. Read More
Mr. Boeuf Mr. Boeuf (never appearing as a human) is a legal worker and the husband of Mrs. Boeuf; he changes into a rhinoceros and destroys the staircase at the law office where he works.
Mrs. Boeuf Mrs. Boeuf is the wife of Mr. Boeuf, a legal worker; she joins her husband after he changes into a rhinoceros.
Botard An ex-teacher, Botard has a know-it-all attitude and feels oppressed by the establishment.
Café proprietor The café proprietor views the rhinoceros sightings as an outrage that the authorities should take care of.
Fireman The fireman helps Berenger and his coworkers get out of their office after the stairs have been destroyed by a rhinoceros.
Grocer Despite the rhinoceros sightings, the grocer is mainly concerned about getting more business and taking part in trivial disputes.
Grocer's wife The grocer's wife is mainly concerned about helping her husband get more business and taking part in trivial disputes.
Housewife The housewife mourns her cat after it has been trampled to death by a rhinoceros.
Little old man The little old man thinks Berenger is calling him because he has the same first name as Jean; eventually, the old man turns into a rhinoceros.
Little old man's wife The little old man's wife nags her husband and later turns into a rhinoceros.
Old gentleman The old gentleman is a polite person who shows interest in learning about logic.
Mr. Papillon Mr. Papillon is the office chief of the law firm where Berenger works. Despite the rhinoceros sightings, Mr. Papillon is mainly concerned about having his employees get their work done.
Waitress The waitress works at the café; she and Daisy show more sympathy than anyone else for the housewife grieving her dead cat.
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