In my comparative character analysis of Berenger in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros and Truman Burbank, I first look at how Truman demonstrates a soul already lost inside the false truths, a soul that yearns to break free of the chains of the fake world created for him. It had all started when Truman lost his father out at sea, when he was young which kept Truman fighting for truth of the world. In “Rhinoceros” on the other hand, Berenger refused to let go of his strong individuality and distinct separation from others, while every other character in the play had turned into a Rhinoceros. Berenger says that he will not give in to the Rhinos at the final line of the play, by yelling, “I’m not capitulating!” Truman that he had no choices to make on his own, but rather each choice and decision was chosen for him. Christoff, the dictator of Truman’s life, tried to explain to Truman that he was doing things for his own good, but Truman overcame his wishes to stay in his world, to precede his new life of self-choice. Eventually both characters prove stronger than their opposition and triumph over the falsities that face them. (200)
Throughout history many stories, legends, and tales have been told involving great heroes and mighty leaders. Hercules, Leonidas, and Chuck Norris are all names that come to mind when considering great heroes that arisen throughout history; all share one common trait. Generally legends and heroes are born with power already given, they begin with great characteristics and qualities; rarely do are heroes ordinary citizens. Hardly ever do legends and myths depict ordinary men overcoming extraordinary obstacles and succeeding. Eventually both characters, Truman and Berenger, prove stronger than their opposition and triumph over the falsities that face them. In the Truman Show, the main character Truman lives in an uneventful world; or so he thinks, until he tries to make his world...