Eugène Ionesco World Literature Analysis - Essay

Eugène Ionesco World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Ionesco’s bilingualism might have contributed to his mistrust of language. It distanced him from the French he used in his literary work and prompted him to find the incongruities that language contains. The Bald Soprano introduced the consequences of this mistrust: a language of truisms, clichés, changes of subjects, word associations, sound associations, and other plays on words, all spoken with a rhythm that can accelerate and become a cacophony or a verbal flight devoid of any sense. Ionesco spent the next thirty years experimenting with meaningless language. In his last play, Journeys Among the Dead, he intuited that such language is caused either by an exclusive reliance on rationality, as exemplified by...

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