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rhinoceros-eugene-ionescoAbsurdityPeople who struggle to explain things logically get confused, while those who embrace absurdity find meaning.TrendsAs turning into a rhinoceros becomes more popular, people begin excusing the animals and accepting them.StrengthBerenger proves the importance of maintaining ones personhood by standing against danger and showing concern for the fate of humanity.Main CharactersBerengerSlightly lazy nonconformistLogicianMan ruled by logic, even when it conflicts with realityJeanBerengers finely dressed, self-important best friendDaisyBerengers coworker and love interestDudardBerengers coworker and competitor for Daisys affections SymbolsRhinocerosesSymbolize the mob mentality that often accompanies change, as with totalitarianism during World War II Broken ObjectsStand for human civilization and how easily it can fall apartThe CatRepresents the quickly forgotten,innocent victims of social upheavalSet in a provincial French town just after World War II, Rhinoceros follows the growing trend of people turning into rhinoceroses. Through the eyes of Berenger, the one man who resists the change, the play explores the absurdity of mob mentality and political upheaval.Some Trends Arent Worth AdoptingTHEMESRhinocerosby the NumbersPlays in which Berenger appears as Ionescos everyman4Human who remains after the others have turned into rhinocerosesBerenger1Year the film version of Rhinoceros starring Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel, and Karen Black was released 1974Year Ionesco became a member of the prestigious French Academy that oversees literature in France1970Born in Romania, Ionesco lived in Paris both before and after World War II and experienced firsthand how totalitarianism swept across Europe—and the destruction it wrought. With plays like Rhinoceros he contributed to the Theatre of the Absurd, which explores the absurdity and meaninglessness of life.EUGÈNE IONESCO1909–94AuthorSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Great World Writers: Twentieth Century: Vol. 5 edited by Patrick M. O’Neil, IMDb, The Paris Review Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Berenger, Act IIIometimes one does harm without meaning to, or rather one allows it to go unchecked.Eugène Ionesco1959FrenchPlayAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageRhinocerosComedy

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