An analysis of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play ‘The Bald Soprano’. Bald Soprano. The Characters. MR. SMITH. MRS. SMITH. MR. MARTIN. MRS. MARTIN. MARY, the maid. THE FIRE CHIEF. SCENE: A middle-class English. The The Bald Prima Donna Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography.

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They come to the conclusion, of course, that they must be husband and wife and embrace.

He began to copy these indisputably true statements in an attempt to learn English, but as he diligently transcribed them into his notebook, they seemed to morph, to lose their original meaning, to expand and overflow.

The final scene contains stage instructions to start the performance over from the very beginning, with the Martin couple substituted for the Smith couple and soprajo versa.

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Keep Exploring Britannica Sopano Dickens. The script is charged with non sequiturs that give the impression that the characters are not even listening to each other in their frantic efforts to make their own voices heard. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. He is disappointed to learn that there are no fires in the Smith house, but they promise to call him right away if one develops.


In the meantime, they decide to entertain each other by baod stories, none of which seem to make any sense whatsoever. Finally, Mary enters and tells her own story, in which she reveals that she is the lover soprxno the Fire Chief. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. Thank you for your feedback. Smith replies that “she always styles her hair the same way. Then all sense of language dissipates as the two couples argue.

The Bald Soprano

Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of They are horrified when the maid interrupts, asking to tell a story of her own. They are surprised to find that they are both from the city of Manchester, that they both took the same train to London, that they both traveled second class, that they both reside at No.

As they argue the lights fade; when they rise again, the Martins are in the Smiths’ living room, repeating the same lines with which the Smiths opened the play. Although Ionesco had set out to write a tragedy of language, his friends found the little play very amusing and encouraged him to submit it to a theatre for production. They are surprised to find that they are both from the city of Manchester, that lonesco both took the same train to London, that they both traveled third class, that they both reside at No.

The two families engage bal meaningless banter, telling stories and relating nonsensical poems. Smith begin to quarrel.


University of Michigan Press, Then the Martins and the Smiths recite nonsensical truisms. By sporano s, The Bald Soprano had already been recognized as a modern classic and an important seminal work in the Theatre of the Absurd.

As the Smiths retire to change clothes, Mary shows the Martins into the room. The Smiths then push her out of the room as the Fire Chief excuses himself. They shall have to buy him a wedding present, they decide.

They come to the conclusion that they are husband and wife. At this point, the Martins fall asleep and Mary enters to inform us of the fallacy of their logic. Martin announces that he is certain they have met somewhere before.

The Bald Soprano

Voltaire, one of the greatest of all French writers. The Smiths are a traditional couple from London who have invited osprano couple, the Martins, over for a visit. After entering the room, the Martins realize that they have met each other before. Martin has the same suspicion. The Bald Soprano appears to have been written as a continuous loop.