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Rhinoceros is a commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable only by self-delusion. It shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain integrity and identity alone in a world where all others have succumbed to the “beauty” of brute force, natural energy, and mindlessness.
Includes Rhinoceros, The Leader, The Future Is in Eggs or It Takes All Sorts to Make a World
Posted February 24, 2009
Posted August 28, 2001
Posted June 28, 2000
Ionesco's absurd writing style and use of everyday language in odd ways accents this play's theme of non-conformity. 'Rhinoceros' is a story about two guys whose society is gradually being converted into animals. Though the two main characters criticize the behavior of their society and try to avoid being converted, one starts to cave. The other struggles to remain unaffected, and Ionesco depicts this struggle with his classic extreme, bombastic craziness. The play is clearly a reference to the lack of thought people put into their actions today; Ionesco's writing sometimes has a biting sarcasm to it that will definitely make you laugh if you catch it. I found the play both entertaining and meaningful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.