Rhino Character Analysis

Summer adventures continue: journeys back in time at the old Hudson Bay Company fort in Fort Langley, trips to the local water park to run the gauntlet of sprays and showers with my 16-month-old daughter and...yes, more time spent with my new-found friends: those thick skinned, cornified perissodactyls.

As I examine the behaviours of the characters in this play, it seems to me that, with the exception of Berenger, they all have one thing in common: they fail to live authentically.  Put another way, most of the characters aren't honest with themselves--honest about what they really think and how they really feel.  Jean is all about appearances; Daisy avoids her fears at all costs; Dudard maintains the status quo; Botard is all talk and no action.  This veiled living means that feelings and thoughts aren't brought out into the light to be encouraged or challenged or fleshed out.  Unchecked, these true thoughts and feelings lie beneath the surface of socially acceptable facades; when times of moral crisis come, these people struggle to locate their own moral stance, being so out of practice with self-honesty.  Not being able to grasp who they are, they surrender to their fears of rejection and fall in with the majority.

Berenger is the only person in the play who is able to see himself as he truly is.  He recognizes his weaknesses and is humble enough to admit he's wrong and that he needs to change things in his life.  He may be an unmotivated slob and a drunkard--but at least he's honest about it!  Isn't the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous to admit that you have a problem?  If any true change is to occur in our lives, perhaps we all need to take this first step.

Last updated Aug. 7th, 2008 at 12:24pm by Aaron Caleb