Rhinoceros, and Other Plays Characters

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Berenger (Rhinoceros)

Berenger is, in many ways, an exceedingly average person. Unlike Jean, he is not exceptionally ambitious. In fact, he says at several points that he is actually completely content with where he is in life (cf. 75) even though it does not seem he has an exceptionally great or well-paying job: After all, he does not seem to be able to afford to do laundry. He goes through none of the motions prescribed by etiquette for professional or even personal advancement. He drinks too much and dresses poorly. Unlike Dudard, he is also not a great intellect. He is somehow impressed by the logicians twisted reasoning and finds himself unable to answer Dudard's arguments in favor of the rhinoceroses. Instead of relying on intellect, he relies instead on his intuition. Insofar as Ionesco implicitly sides with those intuitions, Berenger is an embodiment and even endorsement of a kind...

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