The Chairs

by: Eugène Ionesco

Suggested Essay Topics

Compare The Chairs with Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot or Happy Days, which also prominently features a couple stranded in one place.

Why is the stage of The Chairs a semicircle? What does this say about the concept of time in the play?

Why do the Old Man and Old Woman diverge over their accounts of whether they had a son and over what happened to the Old Man's mother?

Compare the Old Man to the character of Berenger in Ionesco's Rhinoceros. How are both similar, and why does Berenger choose to fight the rhinoceroses while the Old Man commits suicide?