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Rhinoceros, and Other Plays Summary
Eugène Ionesco

Everything you need to understand or teach Rhinoceros (play) by Eugène Ionesco.

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Rhinoceros, and Other Plays Summary

Plot Summary

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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