Ibsen's "Ghosts" Book Review by Nicky

An analysis of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" as the prototypical modern drama.
# 150122 | 880 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 26, 2012 in Drama and Theater (World)

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This paper discusses how one of Ibsen's his earliest and most controversial plays is "Ghosts", which is, among other things, about issues of infidelity, incest, and sexually transmitted diseases. The paper further looks at how although there appears to be no real plot, Ibsen creates a situation and examines how the different characters involved in and affected by this situation deal with their troubles, and with each other. The paper contends that this makes it one of the first psychological dramas since the conflict and resolution are not dependent on external factors but rather are driven by the internal motives and desires of the characters.

From the Paper:

"The characters themselves are also a large step removed from most characters in earlier dramas. In Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies, especially, the lines between good and evil are usually very clear Even in a play like Othello, where the title character is generally good but commits a heinous act out of jealous, it is quite clear that are sympathies are meant to align with him, his wronged wife Desdemona, and Cassio (to a degree), while Iago is to be purely reviled. Ibsen did not see the world in Black and white, nor did he present it as such. The characters of Ghosts are all flawed, making selfish and rash decisions out of poor motives, and yet at the same time they are all victims to one degree or another, not fully responsible for creating the situation they find themselves in, or necessarily capable of dealing with it."

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