Jessica's Reviews > Four Major Plays: A Doll's House / Ghosts / Hedda Gabler / The Master Builder

Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen
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Feb 24, 2009

it was amazing

lost my original review!! okay i will stop grumbling & reconstruct a bit:

really liked these! bravery as the willingness to escape as (often) destruction; that for these characters the cowardly thing is to live, a conditional love is meaningless, & y'know, regardless of purity or good intentions, at any moment one (or one's loved ones) may be struck by "tuberculosis of the spine" (yay syphilis!) or whatever other symbol of inherited evil. victorian era what??

scenery is very bare, placement of objects/people very chekhov (chekhov's are very like ibsen's, i should probably say instead?): slim, slim, everything w/ its use - the piano will be played, the flowers will be insulted - & hand-in-hand w/ that the foreshadowing a bit forced & a bit, okay, utilitarian, but in plays i'm way more likely to go for that.

ibsen came from a good family that pretty quickly fell apart, & in his late teens he knocked up a servant (see ghosts) before bailing, never to have any contact (aside from the financial) w/ his son (see guilt of the father, featuring in all four plays); as a student was sometimes seen sprawling in the (literal) gutter (see hedda gabler). did i mention autobiographical much. he also had wicked mutton chops, which really makes up for the rest.

thanks a/josh/john whoever else mentioned this one, two thumbs. will add quotes soon i think.

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