What is the significance of the title of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen?

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The significance of the title of Ghosts is that the dead haunt the living. Mrs. Alving and her son, Oswald, are both haunted by the ghost of Captain Alving, who is dead when the play begins but whose presence permeates the action. The public face of Alving's legacy is respectable...

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The significance of the title of Ghosts is that the dead haunt the living. Mrs. Alving and her son, Oswald, are both haunted by the ghost of Captain Alving, who is dead when the play begins but whose presence permeates the action. The public face of Alving's legacy is respectable and philanthropic: the endowment of an orphanage. However, it is his infidelities that haunt his wife psychologically and haunt his son in more tangible ways.

Oswald Alving suffers from syphilis, which his mother believes he inherited from Captain Alving. She feels that her efforts to shield him from his father's influence were therefore absurdly ineffective. Oswald is in love with Regina Engstrand, whom he believes to be the daughter of the carpenter, Joseph Engstrand. In fact, however, she is the product of one of his father's affairs and is therefore his own half-sister. The result of his father's conduct is that Oswald becomes something like a ghost himself, failing to live as he waits to die.

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