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What is the theme of The Wild Duck?

The most salient themes explored in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck are seen in the two methods of searching for truth portrayed in the play: Gregers Werle's idealistic vision that each individual...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2018 7:54 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the wild duck in Ibsen's The Wild Duck?

The duck in Ibsen's The Wild Duck is a complex symbol. This is the first play in which Henrik Ibsen used a newly innovated style of symbolism. It took critics and audiences a few years to catch on...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 10:13 am UTC

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Is there a relationship between the play The Wild Duck and its title?

The Wild Duck is a challenging play because Henrik Ibsen took a new direction in play writing with The Wild Duck. First, he introduced the modern tragicomedy and, second, he entered a new symbolic...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 7:56 am UTC

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Compare the female and male characters in Henrik Ibsen`s The Wild Duck.

In general, the female characters see more clearly and act more in a way that sustains community than the male ones. With the exception of Relling, who has devoted himself to study of human nature,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2012 6:08 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Hedvig and the wild duck in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck?

Although the duck is technically wild, it has become Hedvig's pet and lives at her family's home. While out hunting, Gregers's father, Hakon, who has poor eyesight, injured its wing instead of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 12:31 am UTC

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What is the importance of the title of The Wild Duck?

Henrik Ibsen entered a new symbolic phase in play writing when he penned The Wild Duck. The wild duck was shot by Hakon Werle who gave it to Hedvig Ekdal for a pet. When the duck was shot, it went...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 7:34 am UTC

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What is the role of Doctor Relling in the play The Wild Duck by Ibsen?

The character of Dr. Relling in this masterful play seems to have two principal roles. Firstly, he is one of the very few characters in the play who seems able to see the world around him for what...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 3:49 pm UTC

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Discuss the theme of truth and lies in The Wild Duck.

Truth and lies is a complicated theme in Ibsen's The Wild Duck. For instance, Gina Ekdal is living in a lie because she has never told Hjelmar Ekdal, her husband, that there may be some confusion...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 8:36 am UTC

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Discuss the picture of male-female relationship in The Wild Duck.

The relationship between Gina Ekdal and Hjelmar Ekdal in Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck is reminiscent of the relationship between Nora Helmer and Torvald Helmer in Ibsen's A Doll's House. Both women...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 8:20 am UTC

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Explain the theme of suicide in The Wild Duck.

What is key to understand in order to answer this question is the way in which the symbol of the wild duck in the play is such an important symbol for so many different characters. For example,...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 3:12 pm UTC

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In The Wild Duck, how is the fate of Hedvig related to the fate of the wild duck?

The tragic suicide of Hedvig at the end of the play seems to cement the way in which the wild duck proves to be an apt symbol for Hedvig's life and death. Just like the wild duck, Hedvig finds...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 3:41 pm UTC

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What are the features of the dialogue in Ibsen's The Wild Duck? 

Henrik Ibsen is one of modern drama’s strongest voices; his realistic situations with real characters broke the mold of all previous drama styles and his subject matter (especially feminism) drove...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 6:19 pm UTC

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Do you think that Gregers wanted Hedvig to die in Henrik Ibsen`s The Wild Duck?

It is unlikely that in Henrik Ibsen's play, The Wild Duck, that Gregers wanted Hedvig to die. His revelations about Gina's relationship with Hakon were intended purely because he believed that...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2012 6:31 pm UTC

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What is the conflict between truth and falsehood in "The Wild Duck"?

In "The Wild Duck," truth and falsehoods clash in many ways and at many times. This is foregrounded (and foreshadowed) by the first line of the play: " Is it true, what folks say,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2008 4:03 am UTC

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When did Gregers begin to put dark ideas into Hedvig's head?

In Henrick Ibsen's play, The Wild Duck, the idea of shooting the duck occurs in three stages. First, in Act III, Gregers has a discussion with Hjalmar in which the metaphor of the wild duck is...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2012 7:41 am UTC

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What represents freedom in The Wild Duck, and who needs and who feels they can give freedom?

In The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen the idea of freedom is ironically best symbolized by the duck. Ibsen constructed The Wild Duck, which ushered in his symbolic era after making a success on social...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 9:54 am UTC

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In The Wild Duck, who gives the wild duck to Hedvig?

The answer to this question can be found in Act II, which is when Gregers visits Hjalmar's appartment and is shown by Hjalmar's father the various animals that they keep, including the wild duck,...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2013 8:58 am UTC

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What is the effect of the place on the characters in "The Wild Duck"?

At times the effect of place on "The Wild Duck" is considerable. The most vivid example of it for me is the way the Ekdals use the attic as a forest. How poignant! How very sad! They want...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 4:36 am UTC

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What do you think of Hjalmar's attitude in Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck?"

In Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck", the character Hjalmar Ekdal is portrayed as essentially passive, always taking the path of least resistance. Although he constantly talks and thinks about...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 10:30 pm UTC

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