Fiction & Literature Classics: 99 Cent Pillars Of Society ( column, pillar, stagnation, stupor, stagnancy, motionlessness, society, community, tribe, class )

Fiction & Literature Classics: 99 Cent Pillars Of Society ( column, pillar, stagnation, stupor, stagnancy, motionlessness, society, community, tribe, class )

by Fiction & Literature Classics Ibsen

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Fiction & Literature Classics: 99 Cent Pillars Of Society ( column, pillar, stagnation, stupor, stagnancy, motionlessness, society, community, tribe, class ) by Fiction & Literature Classics Ibsen

The protagonist in this excellent play is Bernick, is a highly respected owner of a ship building business. Bernick lives in a society that he controls because of his wealth and the prestige that wealth produces. He donated many items to his community and placed his name on them. At one point in the play there is a mass demonstration of citizens praising him.

But Ibsen shows us why we should despise him. Bernick insists that his community follow the traditional ways, meaning the behavior that the masses sanctioned for some generations, notions that they read into the Bible although a fair reading would not find them, ideas that stagnate human development and societal advancement, thoughts that enlightened people reject. He views women as inferior to men, childlike, foolish, unable to understand, beings that should be subservient to men. He talks down to his wife during the few times that he talks to her. Outrageously, he says to her at one point, as if he were speaking to a wall, I have no one to talk to. Dina, a young woman who he squashes because of his view of women, says that her life in this city is "so proper and so moral" that it is impossible to live with these people. Lona, another character, comes to Bernick's house, to "let in fresh air."

Ibsen shows that Bernick is a hypocrite, a liar, a crook, a man who intends, in a Bernie Madoff fashion, to steal from people who trust him, a man who could care less about seeing people die if he can make money. He persuaded a close relative into taking the blame for one of his crimes, and this individual suffered for more than a decade because of it.

Ibsen ends his book by saying that the true builders of society are not people, but "the spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom," the very things that Bernick squashed.

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BN ID: 2940014463485
Publisher: classics reborn
Publication date: 03/23/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 393 KB

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