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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Wild Duck

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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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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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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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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The Wild Duck

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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The Wild Duck

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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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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The Wild Duck

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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The Wild Duck

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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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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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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