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Rhinoceros | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Summer afternoon

    Jean criticizes Berenger about his drinking problem and disheveled looks.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Berenger, Jean, and other people see a rhinoceros galloping through the town.

    Act 1
  • A short time later

    Jean tries to convince Berenger to reform to impress Daisy.

    Act 1
  • Moments later

    Berenger, Jean, and other people see another rhinoceros galloping through the town.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    Berenger and Jean argue about the rhinoceros while the housewife mourns her trampled cat.

    Act 1
  • Next morning

    Dudard, Daisy, and Berenger try to convince coworker Botard they saw a rhinoceros.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • A short time later

    A rhinoceros destroys the stairs leading to Berenger's office.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Minutes later

    Mrs. Boeuf recognizes the rhinoceros is her husband, leaps onto the animal, and rides off.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Moments later

    Firemen help Berenger and his coworkers leave the office.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Later that morning

    Berenger visits Jean and apologizes about the argument they had yesterday.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • After a few minutes

    Berenger tells Jean his voice is hoarse and his skin is getting greener, which makes Jean angry.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Minutes later

    Jean exclaims that people should adopt the law of the jungle as he grows a horn on his forehead.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Moments later

    Berenger realizes with horror that Jean is changing into a rhinoceros as are many other people.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Days later

    Dudard tries to calm Berenger, who is paranoid about becoming a rhinoceros.

    Act 3
  • A short time later

    Daisy arrives and says that Botard and many others have changed into rhinoceroses.

    Act 3
  • Minutes later

    Dudard feels he should join the rhinoceroses and leaves Berenger and Daisy.

    Act 3
  • Soon

    Daisy and Berenger realize they are the only humans left.

    Act 3
  • Moments later

    Daisy starts to see the rhinoceroses as beautiful and leaves Berenger.

    Act 3
  • Almost immediately

    Berenger feels drawn to become a rhinoceros.

    Act 3
  • Moments later

    Berenger defiantly declares he will resist becoming a rhinoceros.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 Act 1 takes place in a square of a provincial town, which includes a grocer's shop and a café. Berenger and Jean meet at... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Act 2, Scene 1 takes place in a law office. An employee named Dudard and the secretary, Daisy, try to convince another e... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Act 2, Scene 2 takes place in Jean's apartment and in the hallway outside his apartment. Berenger knocks at Jean's door ... Read More
Act 3 Act 3 takes place in Berenger's apartment. Wearing a bandage on his head, Berenger seems paranoid about turning into a r... Read More
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