Gengangere / Ghosts, by Henrik Ibsen :

The play takes place in a house where chamberlain Alving, who was a successful man with good manners people thought. But in true life he was a nightmare for his wife. He was very fond of alcohol and prostitutes. After his death Mrs. Alving gave all his money away to build an asylum. She didn’t want her son, Osvald, to get his hands on the money in fear that he would inherit his father’s burden. Osvald had arrived home form Paris to die because he was infected with syphilis. The maid Regine wanted to leave to Paris with Osvald, but Mrs. Alving revealed that Regine is the daughter of the deceased Mr. Alving and she and Osvald is related. Regine escapes in fear, and Osvald’s plan of death is ruined. The asylum burns down and Osvald asks his mother if she can put an end to his suffering.

Topics like prostitution, alcohol abuse and infidelity is brought up in this play. Ibsen turned a critical eye to the society and he brought forward a question if the society allowed such actions.

To strengthen the characters and meaning, certain details were placed in the texts. This made the feeling more realistic, something that made that the people could recognize themselves in the play.
In drama the detail is brought forth with help by the retrospective technique, which Ibsen used. Details form the past comes forth in dialogs and conversations.
     Ibsen was very strict that the scenes and the setup were as realistic as it could be.

Published on February 26, 2008 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

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