Rhinoceros, and Other Plays Setting & Symbolism

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The Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros)

There is a seeming pandemic spreading through the town which turns people into rhinoceroses. The rhinoceros represents the brute, violent, bestial nature of totalitarian political ideologies.

The Rhinoceros Horn (Rhinoceros)

One of the first signs that one is turning into a rhinoceros is the development of a bump on one's forehead. Eventually, this bump turns into a full-blown rhinoceros horn.

Alcohol (Rhinoceros)

Berenger is an alcoholic, but gives up alcohol as a sign of the willpower needed to resist becoming a rhinoceros.

The Cafe (Rhinoceros)

The play opens with Berenger and Jean meeting at a cafe. The cafe proprietor is obsessed with money and barely pauses to look at the rhinoceros when it first appears.

The Grocery Store (Rhinoceros)

There is a grocery store near the cafe. The owner and his wife hate the housewife for not shopping there, but capitalize upon her misfortune to...

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