The Theatre of the Absurd does not engage with social experience. How true is this statement in light of the play "Rhinoceros" ?

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Well, the main point is that Ionesco is not interested the the social-cultural world of the 20th century--he does not spend his creative energies dramatising social dilemmas, but in finding stage/dramatic physical metaphors for the dilemma of man's raison d'etre-- what are we to do with the fact of our existence?  You can see how difficult this abstract idea is to articulate, but the stage is a good language to use, because it is "imitation in the form of action".  When everyone else seems to conform, the one who doesn't appears freakish--there are all kinds of social parallels (bikers, Goths,...

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Can you please elaborate it a bit more?

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