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The Chairs

The Chairs

by Eugene Ionesco

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(6) Tree Line

OK, so a lot of this play may seem like nonsense. The characters talk about all kinds of random stuff for apparently random reasons. This can make The Chairs seem more than a little mysterious at times. The thing you have to remember is, that's the point. Ionesco admitted to being completely baffled by the world. He and other writers tagged with the Theater of the Absurd label saw the universe as one big unsolvable mystery. No wonder their plays are just as mysterious. So chill out! Don't worry if you don't get every line. Nobody else does either. Think of the play as a puzzle with many different answers. The fun is in coming up with your own interpretation.

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