Why is the play Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco considered absurdist?

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Rhinoceros is considered to be an absurdist play because, though it functions as an allegory for the rise of European totalitarianism, the world of the play maintains a reality that is repetitive, surreal, and ultimately meaningless as a means to display the absurdity of the human condition. If rhinoceroses were to suddenly appear in the the world in which we live in the middle of a city, the only question on anyone's mind would be how and why they got there.

However, instead, the characters endlessly debate the merits of being a rhinoceros, insisting that rhinoceroses have a right to exist in the city the same as any of them. Slowly the people are all turned into rhinoceroses except for the alcoholic, melancholy protagonist Berenger. He breaks down, everyone in the story having become a rhino except for him.

This is an absurd portrait of political change that functions as an ironic lesson. The play is read as outrageous because it should seem obvious that the human beings in the play are...

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