Rhinoceroses In Eugene Ionesco's Theatre Of The Absurd

analytical Essay
597 words
597 words

When the people in a small French town start to turn into rhinoceroses, something must be up. Well, this is exactly what happens in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. The Theatre of the Absurd, as the title suggests, has some absurd topics. Rhinoceros is no exception. Absurdist plays were very popular in the years following World War II and many playwrights were influenced by the changing times, as seen in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. As I mentioned before, this play was written shortly after World War II ended. There were also many other events going on in the world at this time. For example, just six years before this play was written, the Korean and Vietnam Wars took place (“Literary”). In 1951, Carl Sandburg and Conrad Richter received the Pulitzer Prize for their work in poetry and fiction (“Literary”). Also in 1951 Paer Lagerkvist won received the Nobel Prize for Literature, color TV was released in the United States, and Libya became and independent nation (“Literary”). Just one year later in 1952, Elizabeth II rose to the throne in Britain and Dr. Jonas Stark discovered a vaccine...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the absurdity of eugene ionesco's rhinoceros. absurdist plays were popular after world war ii and many playwrights were influenced by the changing times.
  • Explains that the play was written shortly after world war ii ended. there were many other events going on in the world at this time.
  • Explains that absurdist theatre was sometimes improvised and full of nonsense. the costumes were colorful and crazy. eugene ionesco, samuel beckett, arthur adamov, and jean genet were great playwrights.
  • Explains that ionesco wrote many plays pushing the limits of imagination and rationality. many of his plays "broke all the rules of naturalistic theatre"
  • Analyzes how rhinoceros takes place in a small french town with people busy about in the streets.
  • Explains that ionesco was born on november 26, 1912 in slatina, romania (bendig), lived with his mother in paris, published his first article in 1929, received the jerusalem award, and died in 1994.
  • Analyzes how eugene ionesco's rhinoceros shows how many playwrights during the 1950s were influenced by changing times following world war ii.
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