Essay Topic 1
Discuss the stylistic elements of the Theater of the Absurd and how these are reflected in the three plays from Rhinoceros, and Other Plays.
Essay Topic 2
Describe the settings of Rhinoceros, The Leader, and The Future is in the Eggs. How do the settings of these plays compare? How are they different?
Essay Topic 3
Compare and contrast the characters of Berenger and Jean in Rhinoceros. How are they different in appearance, ideals, and motivations? What similarities do they share?
Essay Topic 4
Describe and discuss the peripheral characters in Rhinoceros (Grocer, Cafe Owner, Old Gentleman, Mrs. Boeuf, etc.). How does Ionesco distinguish these characters differently than Jean and Berenger?
Essay Topic 5
Describe the syllogisms which the Logician presents in Act 1 of Rhinoceros. What is Ionesco saying through these examples? How do they tie to the play's themes?
Essay Topic 6
Discuss the theme of totalitarian/fascist/Nazi regimes...
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