Maniac Analysis

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In every society there are those who reject the social and political status quo. Such characters can be portrayed as both heroes fighting an oppressive system or villains plotting to destabilize society. It all depends on the point of view and message which the author wishes to depict. Those who reject the official status quo, whether it be social or political, are not doing it just for themselves, but for the good of society as a whole. I will demonstrate this with the character known as the Maniac, from An Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Berenger, from Rhinoceros; the Maniac rejects the status quo of society and calls for revolution (Fo 2009, 75), while Berenger calls on himself to take a stand against major societal changes…show more content…
The act of creating new versions of the story, which the officers believe will save them, mirrors the reforms aimed at maintaining the status quo of society (Fo, 34-35). For the Maniac, exposing this scandal will act as “the fertilizer of social democracy” and therefore society “will rise up a stronger, more enduring state” (Fo, 81, 79). Therefore, from the passages referenced above, and the lack of evidence to the contrary, it is clear that the Maniac is acting in the best interests of society and not solely for himself. The character Berenger from Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros is in a different situation than the Maniac. Over the course of the play, many of the characters begin turning into rhinoceroses; it begins with a rhinoceros charging through the town square and scaring everyone, to Berenger’s friends and colleagues transforming into rhinoceroses (Ionesco, 36, 70, 96). Despite all of those around him and society itself transforming, Berenger refuses to conform and takes up arms in opposition (Ionesco, 148). Berenger’s rejection of ‘rhinocerism’ is not quite the same as the Maniac opposing an already entrenched system and status quo, but it is a rejection of new social norms taking root. His belief in defending the “moral laws” and “irreplaceable system of values,” which his society is built upon gives him a purpose (Ionesco, 93-94). In the beginning of the play, Berenger struggles with alcoholism lacks the motivation to take care of himself
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