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Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
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May 09, 2012

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bookshelves: henrik-ibsen, plays, nordic-literature
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a play about Mrs. Alving a widow,who was accused by Pastor Manders,of failing in providing enough moral guidance to her son Oswald....

MANDERS. Just as you once disowned a wife's duty, so you have since
disowned a mother's.


MANDERS. You have been all your life under the dominion of a
pestilent spirit of self-will. The whole bias of your mind has been
towards insubordination and lawlessness. You have never known how to
endure any bond. Everything that has weighed upon you in life you
have cast away without care or conscience, like a burden you were
free to throw off at will. It did not please you to be a wife any
longer, and you left your husband. You found it troublesome to be a
mother, and you sent your child forth among strangers.

MRS. ALVING. Yes, that is true. I did so.

MANDERS. And thus you have become a stranger to him.

MRS. ALVING. No! no! I am not.

after this conversation,Mrs. Alving was forced to tell the truth that she had kept hidden.that Captain Alving was an awful man who was unfaithful throughout his life....

there are many symbols in this play....
the ghosts which are MRS. ALVING thoughts....lies about the past and her fear to say the truth,that should be told....
Oswald last wish before dying is to see the sun light ,he kept crying out for the sun. which symbolize for the joy of life which he always seeks....
The fire that destroys the orphanage which she was naming after her husband name....that destroyed the whole building,and eliminated all the deception.....

MANDERS. And it is to this man that you raise a memorial?

MRS. ALVING. There you see the power of an evil conscience.

MANDERS. Evil--? What do you mean?

MRS. ALVING. It always seemed to me impossible but that the truth
must come out and be believed. So the Orphanage was to deaden all
rumours and set every doubt at rest.
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message 1: by Melki (new)

Melki Are you taking a class, or just in the mood to read plays lately?

message 2: by Hend (last edited Jun 04, 2012 04:05PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Hend no,Melki,i am not taking a class...:))
but i became a fan of Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg...
they make me love plays...

message 3: by Melki (new)

Melki I read so many plays when I was in college, and not a one since. Maybe one of these days...

Hend when u are in a mood of reading a play,tell me ,we could read together,and discuss it,i would like to discuss any book with u....

message 5: by Melki (new)

Melki Sounds good to me!

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