Analyse Ibsen's Ghosts as a critique of the nineteenth-century obsession with maintaining a facade of social responsibility.
Ibsen's Ghosts is a critique of the nineteenth-century obsession with maintaining a facade of social responsibility in that it presents performative morality as destructive and foolish. Helen Alving's decision to stay with her unfaithful husband results in her life falling to ruin, and her attempt to cover up her husband's poor choices by constructing an orphanage is presented as foolish when the orphanage burns down.
Ghosts is a play that created an uproar when it was first published in 1881. The subject matter it discusses (specifically sexually-transmitted diseases and incest) was considered indecent by many, but Ibsen felt strongly that he had to write this play, saying so to the King of Norway when criticized. Ibsen's play describes society as he saw it, filled with vice which those who wished to remain "respectable" tried to pretend did not exist.
The female protagonist , Helen Alving, is an excellent example of somebody who has struggled for years to maintain a facade of social responsibility and has...
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