Where Did Aaron Go?

 "I don't think you get the way this works, Aaron.  See, you have to actually continue to write blog entries if you want people to read your blog."

Ohhhhhhhh!  I get it now!

Actually, it's been an unexpectedly busy month for me as we settle into our new Langley home so I apologize to the one or two of you who might be tuning in:).  Nevertheless, things are settling down now, so I'm back in action!

Rhinoceros.  After re-reading the play recently it has occurred to me that this story is as much about pride as it is about fear.  With the exception of Berenger, every character in the play possesses a certain inflexibility with respect to their personality; so, even though their personalities vary greatly, they all strangley seem the same.  This inflexibility can come from fear (i.e. one fears the unknown and therefore is unwilling to change) but it can also arise from pride.  These characters are morally upright but seem to place too much stock in the their correct behaviour, which ends up leading to a sense of superiority over--or disdain for--other "lesser" people.  By the end of the play, it seems like the whole world (with the exception of Berenger) has turned into rhinoceroses: some have changed unawares, some have chosen to change and others have simply given in to the trend.  The current question that I have is: does Ionesco think it is a good thing to turn into a Rhino?  I mean, everybody's doing it, right?  And rhinos are tough and strong yet melodious and beautiful; aren't these laudable traits?  And is Berenger resisting the transformation because he is stubborn or because he is holding true to what he know s to be right?  A few questions to ponder until next time... .

Last updated Aug. 1st, 2008 at 10:10am by Jared Crossley