Eugène Ionesco Writing Styles in Four Plays

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Point of View

Point of View

Essentially, the point of view of all four of these plays is that taken by the philosophy of absurdism (see "Themes - The Absurdity of Existence"), the belief that the universe and everything that exists within it is governed by principles of randomness. A key component of that belief is the contention that in the midst of the chaotic randomness of day-to-day existence, attempts to create and/or perceive any kind of order or meaning are futile and delusional. This particular aspect of absurdist theory (the desire to assert control) manifests in all four plays in this collection. The Smiths in The Bald Soprano attempt to assert conversational control over their guests, the Professor strives to assert control over the Pupil in The Lesson, Jack attempts to control his destiny in Jack ..., and in The Chairs the Old Man and Old Woman strive...

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