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Ghosts

On one level, Ghosts is an entirely appropriate title for the play, as the spirits of the departed continue to exercise a malign influence from beyond the grave. A prime example is Captain Alving....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 8:45 am UTC

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Ghosts

The realism in Ibsen's Ghosts is the easiest to find, since the author is often considered to be not just a master of the genre but the father of it. Like all Ibsen's plays, it portrays people and...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 1:31 pm UTC

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The female characters in Ibsen's Ghosts depart from existing gender norms to a considerable extent. The most important character in this regard would be the protagonist, Helen Alving. At an early...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 1:47 pm UTC

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In any piece of literature, a feminist view looks at how women are presented and the pattern of existing within expected social values, imposed by a male-dominated society. Women rarely think for...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 9:34 am UTC

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Let us remember that this play is above all else about the way in which society invades personal lives, and the tragic consequences of such a fact. Mrs. Alving's famous speech in Act II of the play...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2011 8:20 pm UTC

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The idea of “joy of life” refers primarily to an enthusiastic embrace of everything that comes one’s way. This “overpowering” joy characterized Captain Alving, according to his widow—yet while he...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2020 3:48 am UTC

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While many people would consider the “joy in life” to be a great benefit of human existence, Ibsen’s attitude is not unfailingly positive. The central character, Mrs. Alving, uses the phrase to...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 11:58 pm UTC

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Ghosts

The "ghost" that haunts the characters in this play is Captain Alving. Even though he is dead and his ghost never literally appears during the play, his memory and his actions when he was...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

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I would also like to add that the setting and time period for this play is Ibsen's 19th century Norway. You can see that Pastor Manders takes a different view of the "fallen" woman (Johanna) as...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2015 3:33 pm UTC

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All characters do, indeed, suffer from despair, yet deception may be a more accurate description! Mrs. Alving must face the despair that she could possibly have helped Oswald, her son. Yet, she...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008 5:48 am UTC

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] In Henrik Ibsen's play, Ghosts, the audience is presented with...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 5:20 am UTC

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The sun represents light and truth. However, in this play, deception is a central theme. All the truths are hidden by the characters, who manipulate, hide and use subterfuge. They must pay the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2007 12:38 pm UTC

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The old adage "the truth will win out" certainly applies to this play. Mrs. Alving has been keeping some dangerous secrets that cause a lot of pain when they are finally revealed.Both of...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

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Ghosts

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,...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 2:09 pm UTC

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This question is perplexing because Ibsen’s Ghosts is, of course, not an Absurdist play, but a key piece in the Modernist, realistic genre of the late 19th-early 20th century dramatic forms...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 3:46 am UTC

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Ghosts' main theme is how deception is likely to destroy the best and the worst of people. The effect of this can be seen right from the beginning with Regina's speculation that her father, Jacob...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 7:09 am UTC

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Pastor Manders seems is the flawed man of God. It is his duty to promote morality, yet he worries about his reputation and the public opinion , as well. He struggles with the idea of insuring the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

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It is very hard to watch this play and not feel sympathy for Oswald. He is a character who is sacrificed essentially because of his mother's desire to follow the "ghosts" of duty and public...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 8:40 am UTC

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There are topics spoken of in this play that place it squarely in the naturalist tradition. Naturalism deals with the seamy side of life. (A helpful discussion of Naturalism in American can be...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2008 1:00 pm UTC

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Ghosts was not a popular play in its day as it highlighted the struggle for individual identity and freedom from the constraints of society. Ironically, its first appearance was in Chicago, USA and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2013 8:23 am UTC

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