Everything you need to understand or teach Rhinoceros (play) by Eugène Ionesco.
Rhinoceros is an allegorical play about the nature and causes of totalitarianism. Berenger watches with horror as everyone around him is transformed into a rhinoceros. The transformation is not only physical; the rhinoceroses' philosophy is one which reverts man to his brutish, might-makes-right instincts.
The play begins with Berenger meeting his friend Jean on their day off of work. Jean is frustrated with Berenger because he does nothing to improve his life: He is always disheveled, he is a drunkard, and he has no ambition in life. Jean, on the other hand, is the picture of tidiness and worldly ambition. During the course of their conversation, two rhinoceroses are seen—surely a strange and terrifying occurrence for a "small provincial town" somewhere in France. The town is excited by the news, but life goes on as normal. Berenger goes to work, but before long, another rhinoceros is...
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