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The Bald Soprano

The Bald Soprano


by Eugene Ionesco

Analysis: Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Christopher Booker is a scholar who wrote that every story falls into one of seven basic plot structures: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, the Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. Shmoop explores which of these structures fits this story like Cinderella’s slipper.

Plot Type : None

Sorry, Mr. Booker, Ionesco has you stumped on this one. The play purposely doesn't have a plot, so it doesn't fit into any of the typical story lines. Ionesco did think of the play as a "tragedy of language," but it just doesn't resemble Booker's idea of tragedy at all (source). Ionesco's "anti-play" breaks all the rules.

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