Ioneco’s “Rhinoceroses” in a brief summary

Ioneco’s “Rhinoceroses” in a brief summary

The square in the provincial town. The shopkeeper indignantly hisses after the woman with the cat – The housewife went shopping in another store. Jean and Berange appear almost at the same time – nevertheless, Jean cried a friend for being late. Both sit down at a table in front of the cafe. Berenger does not look well: he struggles to keep on his feet, yawns, the suit is dented, the shirt is dirty, the shoes are not cleaned. Jean enthusiastically lists all these details – he is clearly ashamed of his weak-willed friend. Suddenly, the sound of the running huge beast is heard, followed by a long roar. The waitress screams in horror – this is a rhinoceros! The scared housewife runs in frantically pressing the cat to her chest. Elegantly dressed The old lord hides in

the shop, unceremoniously pushing the master. The logician in the hat-boat is pressed against the wall of the house. When the tramping and rhinoceros roar subsides in the distance, all gradually come to their senses. Logic states that an intelligent person should not succumb to fear. The shopkeeper insinuatingly comforts the housekeeper, simultaneously extolling her goods. Jean is indignant: a wild animal on the streets of the city – it’s unheard of! Only Beranger is hampered and sluggish with a hangover, but at the sight of young blonde Daisy he jumps up, knocking his glass over his trousers to Jean. Meanwhile, the Logic tries to explain to the Old Master the nature of the syllogism: all cats are mortal, Socrates is mortal, hence Socrates is a cat. Shocked The old gentleman says that his cat is just called Socrates. Jean tries to explain Beranger the essence of the right way of life: you need to equip yourself with patience, mind and, of course, completely give up alcohol – in addition, you need to shave every day, thoroughly clean your shoes, walk in a fresh shirt and a decent suit. Shocked Beranger says that today he will visit the city museum, and in the evening he will go to the theater to see Ionesco’s play, which is being talked about so much. Logic approves the first successes of the Old Master in the field
of mental activity. Jean approves the good impulses of Beranger in the field of cultural leisure. But here all four are drowned out by a terrible rumble. Exclamation “ah, rhinoceros!” repeated by all the participants in the scene, and only Beranche burst out a cry of “ah, Daisy!”. Immediately there is a heart-rending meow, and the Homemaker appears with a dead cat in his hands. From all sides the exclamation “ah, poor pussy!” Is heard, and then a dispute begins about how many there were rhinoceroses. Jean states that the first was Asian – with two horns, and the second one – with one. Beranger unexpectedly for himself objects to a friend: dust was a pillar, nothing could be seen, and even more so count the horns. Under the groaning of the housewife, the argument ends with a quarrel: Jean calls Beranger a drunkard and announces a complete break in relations. The discussion continues: the shopkeeper claims that there are only two horns in an African rhino. The logic proves that the same being can not be born in two different places. Frustrated, Beranger criticizes himself for his lack of restraint – you should not have climbed up and annoyed Jean! Having ordered a double portion of cognac from grief, he faintly refuses to go to the museum. that only two horns are found in an African rhino. The logic proves that the same being can not be born in two different places. Frustrated, Beranger criticizes himself for his lack of restraint – you should not have climbed up and annoyed Jean! Having ordered a double portion of cognac from grief, he faintly refuses to go to the museum. that only two horns are found in an African rhino. The logic proves that the same being can not be born in two different places. Frustrated, Beranger criticizes himself for his lack of restraint – you should not have climbed up and annoyed Jean! Having ordered a double portion of cognac from grief, he faintly refuses to go to the museum.

Law firm. Beresger’s colleagues are vigorously discussing the latest news. Daisy claims that she saw the rhino with her own eyes, and Dudar shows a note in the incident department. Botar says all this is stupid, and the serious girl does not have to face them repeating-being a man of progressive convictions, he does not trust salespeople who write about a crushed cat instead of exposing racism and ignorance. Appears Berenger, who, as usual, was late for work. Head of the office Papillon calls on everyone to do business, but Botar can not calm down: he accuses Dudar of malicious propaganda with the aim of forcing a mass psychosis. Suddenly, Papillon notices the absence of one of the employees – Beth. Frightened Madame Beth runs in: she reports that her husband fell ill, and behind it the Rhino is chasing the house. Under the weight of the beast, the wooden staircase collapses. Stooping upstairs, everyone is looking at a rhinoceros. Botar states that this is a dirty machinations of the authorities, and Madame Beth suddenly screams – in a thick-skinned animal she recognizes her husband. He responds with a frenzied, gentle roar. Madame Beth jumps on his back, and the rhino gallops galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. Under the weight of the beast, the wooden staircase collapses. Stooping upstairs, everyone is looking at a rhinoceros. Botar states that this is a dirty machinations of the authorities, and Madame Beth suddenly screams – in a thick-skinned animal she recognizes her husband. He responds with a frenzied, gentle roar. Madame Beth jumps on his back, and the rhino gallops galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. Under the weight of the beast, the wooden staircase collapses. Stooping upstairs, everyone is looking at a rhinoceros. Botar states that this is a dirty machinations of the authorities, and Madame Beth suddenly screams – in a thick-skinned animal she recognizes her husband. He responds with a frenzied, gentle roar. Madame Beth jumps on his back, and the rhino gallops galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. that this is a dirty machinations of the authorities, and Madame Beth suddenly screams – in a thick-skinned animal she recognizes her husband. He responds with a frenzied, gentle roar. Madame Beth jumps on his back, and the rhino gallops galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. that this is a dirty machinations of the authorities, and Madame Beth suddenly screams – in a thick-skinned animal she recognizes her husband. He responds with a frenzied, gentle roar. Madame Beth jumps on his back, and the rhino gallops galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. and a rhinoceros galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him. and a rhinoceros galloping home. Daisy calls firefighters to evacuate the office. It turns out that the firemen are in great demand today: there are seventeen rhinoceroses in the city, and according to rumors – even thirty-two. Botar threatens to declare that he will expose the traitors responsible for this provocation. A fire truck arrives: employees go down the rescue ladder. Dudar suggests Beranger to pull a cup, but he refuses: he wants to visit Jean and, if possible, make peace with him.

Jean’s apartment: he is lying on the bed, not responding to the knock of Beranger. The old neighbor explains that yesterday Jean was in a bad mood. At last Jean admits Beranger, but then immediately goes to bed. Beranger, stammering, apologizes for yesterday. Jean is obviously sick: he speaks in a hoarse voice, breathes heavily and listens to Beranger with growing irritation. The news of Bef’s transformation into a rhinoceros finally takes him out of himself – he starts to rush about, sometimes hiding in the bathroom. From his increasingly vague cries you can understand that nature is higher than morality – people need to return to primitive purity. Beranger observes with horror as his friend gradually turns green and his cone grows like a horn on his forehead. Once again running into the bathroom, Jean starts to roar – no doubt, this is a rhinoceros! Hardly closing the furious beast on the key, Béranger calls for the help of a neighbor, but instead of the old man sees another rhino. And outside the window a whole herd crushes boulevard benches. The bathroom door is cracking, and Beranger is running away with a desperate cry: “Rhinoceroses!”

Béranger’s apartment: he is lying on a bed with his head tied. Footsteps and a roar come from the street. There is a knock at the door – it’s Dudar came to visit a colleague. The happy inquiries about health lead Beranger to horror – he constantly imagines that his head grows cone, and his voice becomes hoarse. Dudar tries to reassure him: in fact, there is nothing terrible in turning into a rhino – in fact, they are not at all evil, and they have some kind of natural simplicity. Many decent people completely disinterestedly agreed to become rhinoceroses – for example, Papillon. True, Botar condemned him for apostasy, but this was dictated more by hatred of the authorities than by genuine convictions. Beranzhe rejoices at the fact that there are still unbending people – that’s if you find a logic that will be able to explain the nature of this insanity! It turns out, that the Logic has already turned into a beast – it can be recognized by a hat-boat, pierced by a horn. Beranger is depressed: at first Jean is such a bright nature, a champion of humanism and a healthy lifestyle, and now Logic! Daisy appears with the news that Botard became a rhino – he said he wanted to keep pace with the times. Béranger says that it is necessary to fight with brutality – for example, to place rhinoceroses in special pens. Dudar and Dazi amicably object: the animal welfare society will be against, and besides all, there are friends and close relatives among rhinoceroses. Dudar, clearly upset that Daisy prefers Beranger, takes the sudden decision to become a rhino. Beranger vainly tries to dissuade him: Dudar leaves, and Daisy, looking out of the window, says that he has already joined the herd. Béranger is aware that Daisy’s love could have saved Dudar. Now there are only two of them left, and they must protect each other. Daisy is frightened: a roar is heard from the telephone receiver, a roar is heard on the radio, the floors are walking with staggering because of the stamping of rhinoceros. Gradually, the roar becomes more melodic, and Daisy suddenly declares that rhinoceroses are good fellows – they are so cheerful, energetic, they are pleasant to look at! Beranger, unable to restrain himself, gives her a slap in the face, and Daisy goes to the beautiful musical rhinoceroses. Beranger looks at himself in the mirror with horror – how ugly a human face! If he could grow a horn, get a skin of a wonderful dark green color, learn how to roar! But the last man has only to defend himself, and Béranger looks around for a gun. He does not give up. the floors walk with staggering because of the trampling of rhinoceros. Gradually, the roar becomes more melodic, and Daisy suddenly declares that rhinoceroses are good fellows – they are so cheerful, energetic, they are pleasant to look at! Beranger, unable to restrain himself, gives her a slap in the face, and Daisy goes to the beautiful musical rhinoceroses. Beranger looks at himself in the mirror with horror – how ugly a human face! If he could grow a horn, get a skin of a wonderful dark green color, learn how to roar! But the last man has only to defend himself, and Béranger looks around for a gun. He does not give up. the floors walk with staggering because of the trampling of rhinoceros. Gradually, the roar becomes more melodic, and Daisy suddenly declares that rhinoceroses are good fellows – they are so cheerful, energetic, they are pleasant to look at! Beranger, unable to restrain himself, gives her a slap in the face, and Daisy goes to the beautiful musical rhinoceroses. Beranger looks at himself in the mirror with horror – how ugly a human face! If he could grow a horn, get a skin of a wonderful dark green color, learn how to roar! But the last man has only to defend himself, and Béranger looks around for a gun. He does not give up. Beranger looks at himself in the mirror with horror – how ugly a human face! If he could grow a horn, get a skin of a wonderful dark green color, learn how to roar! But the last man has only to defend himself, and Béranger looks around for a gun. He does not give up. Beranger looks at himself in the mirror with horror – how ugly a human face! If he could grow a horn, get a skin of a wonderful dark green color, learn how to roar! But the last man has only to defend himself, and Béranger looks around for a gun. He does not give up.


Ioneco’s “Rhinoceroses” in a brief summary