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Four Plays Summary
Eugène Ionesco

Everything you need to understand or teach Four Plays by Eugène Ionesco.

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Four Plays Summary

Plot Summary

This collection of short works by French playwright Eugene Ionesco portrays life as defined by the philosophy of absurdism, a belief system which suggests there is no order or sense in the ways of either the universe or humanity. This sense of chaos plays out in the characters, relationships and situations of all four plays in this collection, which also develop themes relating to the use of language and the dangers of passion.

The first play in this collection, The Bald Soprano, focuses on the relationship between two married couples - the Smiths, for whom everything (including the chiming of the clock) is English, and the Martins, for whom everything (including their marital status) is a discovery. Their polite, if nonsensical, evening of conversation is interrupted first by the Smiths' maid and then by the unexpected and unnecessary arrival of The Fire Chief, searching for non-existent fires. After...

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