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The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War IIand explores the themes of conformity, culture, fascism, responsibility, logic, mass movements, mob mentalityphilosophy and morality.

As a university student, Ionesco saw one of his professors, Nae Ionescuwho taught philosophy at the University of Bucharest, use his lectures to recruit his students into the Legion. It could have been the dire acting of the protagonist but aside from that the second half tended to shove the meaning of the play down the audience’s throat.

I really wanted to like this play, but it is not of Ionesco’s best. Dudard expresses collaborationist feelings to the rhinoceros, saying: At the office, an argument has broken out between the sensitive and logical Dudard and the violent, temperamental Botard; Who does not believe a rhinoceros could actually appear in France despite all the claims by eyewitnesses.

At the same time antisemitism was rampant in Romania. Isidore and Fricot have four paws. But when you’re involved yourself, when you suddenly find yourself up against kl facts, you can’t help feeling directly concerned-the shock is too violent for you to stay detached.


Maybe it was the version I saw, but this play bored me.

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The fire station has been sacked, and the firemen have turned into rhinos. You would run into konesco old friend, and all of sudden, right before your eyes, he would start to change. Suddenly, he snaps out of it and renews his vow to take on the rhinos. In the 19th century, the newly independent Romanian state proved very reluctant to grant citizenship to Romania’s Jews, and a volatile atmosphere of antisemitism flourished with many intellectuals like A. This generates enormous outrage and people begin to band together to argue that the presence of these rhinos ioneesco not be allowed.

Despite being advised against it she joins her husband by jumping down the stairwell onto her husbands back off stage. To be honest, I was disappointed: Towards the end, it was only three or four of us who resisted.

When I was reading it, I never felt any strong emotions- I never felt any fear, love, disgust, or the like. But there are people—honest and intelligent—who in their turn may suffer the unexpected onset of this disease, even the dear and close ones may suffer Ionesco intended the character of Jean, an ambitious functionary whose careerism robs him of the ability to think critically, to be a satirical portrayal of the French civil servants ionssco served the Vichy government.

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Rhinoceros, Starring Zero Mostel, “. But after a recent reread this play remains very enjoyable, and that’s quite something.

Retrieved from ” rinocefonte University professors, students, intellectuals were turning Nazi, becoming Iron Guards one after another. We were fifteen people who used ionessco get together, to find arguments, to discuss, to try to find arguments opposing theirs. Paul rated it it was ok Oct 31, The play was included in Martin Esslin ‘s study of post-war avant-garde drama, The Theatre of the Absurdalthough scholars have also rejected this label as too interpretatively narrow.


The American scholar Anne Quinney argues that the play, while obviously not based on real events, was autobiographical, and reflected Ionesco’s own youth in Romania. Runoceronte containing French-language text All articles that may contain original research Articles that may contain original research from October Articles that may contain original research from February Commons category link is on Wikidata.

Alone, he finds himself in the wrong and attempts to change into a rhinoceros. Views Read Edit View history.

If only it happened somewhere else, in some other country, and we’d just read about it in the papers, one could discuss it quietly, examine the question from all points of view and come to an objective conclusion. Maybe I should had belonged to the left for a while, maybe I should have been of the left before being-not of the right-of the non-left, an enemy of the left. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.