An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm

An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm

by Henrik Ibsen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192839438

ISBN-13: 9780192839435

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

These plays are all concerned with the problem of telling the truth. They also represent a decisive turning point in Ibsen's scheme of values.

Hurt and dismayed by the hostile reception of his play Ghosts in 1881, Ibsen published, a year later, the uncompromising An Enemy of the People. Its protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, finds himself up against an

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These plays are all concerned with the problem of telling the truth. They also represent a decisive turning point in Ibsen's scheme of values.

Hurt and dismayed by the hostile reception of his play Ghosts in 1881, Ibsen published, a year later, the uncompromising An Enemy of the People. Its protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, finds himself up against an alliance of political hypocrisy and vested interest when he attempts to reveal that the town's public baths, its civic pride and joy, are seriously polluted. The Wild Duck (1884), which has been hailed increasingly as 'the master's masterpiece,' dramatizes the shock of growing up, in the figure of 14-year-old Hedvig Ekdal. In Rosmersholm (1886), a tour de force of constructional skill, two people of opposing temperaments and ideals clash swords; Rosmer, a clergyman of conservative and contemplative inclination, and Rebecca, who is progressive passionate, and ruthless by comparison.

Seeking to define 'nobility of character, of mind and of will,' these plays are not peopled by symbolic figures and abstract concepts, but by complex individuals pitted against, or part of, a society that Ibsen found so morally abhorrent and claustrophobically provincial that he lived in self-imposed exile for most of his writing career.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192839435
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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