Ghosts

Ghosts Ghosts is the story of Helen Alving a widow who is haunted by the many mistresses of her deceased husband and by her son who has inherited syphilis from his philandering father Ghosts is a scathing i

  • Title: Ghosts
  • Author: Henrik Ibsen
  • ISBN: 9781420927955
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ghosts is the story of Helen Alving, a widow who is haunted by the many mistresses of her deceased husband and by her son who has inherited syphilis from his philandering father Ghosts is a scathing indictment of Victorian society in which Ibsen refutes the notion that if one simply fulfills one s duty rather than following one s desires then a good and noble life will beGhosts is the story of Helen Alving, a widow who is haunted by the many mistresses of her deceased husband and by her son who has inherited syphilis from his philandering father Ghosts is a scathing indictment of Victorian society in which Ibsen refutes the notion that if one simply fulfills one s duty rather than following one s desires then a good and noble life will be achieved Scandalous in its day for its frank discussion of venereal disease and marriage infidelity, Ghosts remains to this day an intense psychological drama and sharp social criticism.Ghosts was written during the autumn of 1881 and was published in December of the same year It was not performed in the theatre until May 1882, when a Danish touring company produced it in the Aurora Turner Hall in Chicago Ibsen disliked the translator William Archer s use of the word Ghosts as the play s title, whereas the Norwegian Gengangere would be accurately translated as The Revenants, which literally means The Ones who Return.

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    1. Henrik Ibsen

      Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama He is often referred to as the father of modern drama Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous Ibsen s work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries.Ibsen largely founded the modern stage by introducing a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality Victorian era plays were expected to be moral dramas with noble protagonists pitted against darker forces every drama was expected to result in a morally appropriate conclusion, meaning that goodness was to bring happiness, and immorality pain Ibsen challenged this notion and the beliefs of his times and shattered the illusions of his audiences.

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    1. Book Review3 out of 5 stars to Ghosts, a play written in 1881 by Henrik Ibsen After I read Henrik Ibsens s realistic play Ghosts, I immediately formed opinions of the characters I liked Mrs Alving and Regina I thought that Oswald was a brat and a nuisance I didn t understand how Mrs Alving could love him, even though he was her flesh and blood He seemed to be nothing but a spoiled child despite being in his twenties Mrs Alving exemplified a woman who was angry with her late husband for the misde [...]



    2. HA Not having read the play s synopsis beforehand, did I ever get a ghastly not ghostly surprise The sins of the father are visited upon the children Throughout IBSEN S entire play, written in 1881, imagine an atmosphere that is nothing but rain and gloom, and subject matters ominously dark and grim all the way to a hopeless and shocking conclusion That is what you will unearth in GHOSTS.What a scandalous work of fiction for the time and unexpected read for me





    3. A thought provoking and radical presentation of some thorny social issues Shocking in the time in which it was written, this play remains relevant through the decades to the present day A true classic


    4. Io sono paurosa e timida, perch c in me qualcosa di quegli spettri, di cui non riesco a liberarmi interamente.Qualcosa di quegli spettri Quando ho sentito Regine e Osvald in sala da pranzo, m parso di veder degli spettri davanti a me Ma credo quasi che noi tutti siamo spettri, pastore Manders Non soltanto quello che ereditiamo da padre e madre riappare in noi, ma ogni sorta di idee vecchie e morte, e convinzioni altrettanto vecchie e morte Tutto ci vive in noi ma c tuttavia e non possiamo libera [...]



    5. a play about Mrs Alving a widow,who was accused by Pastor Manders,of failing in providing enough moral guidance to her son OswaldNDERS Just as you once disowned a wife s duty, so you have sincedisowned a mother sS ALVING Ah MANDERS You have been all your life under the dominion of apestilent spirit of self will The whole bias of your mind has beentowards insubordination and lawlessness You have never known how toendure any bond Everything that has weighed upon you in life youhave cast away witho [...]


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    7. Ghosts of past misdeeds, ghosts of our former selves, sins of the father passing into the son, mothers who will do anything to protect their offspring This is a classic Ibsen tragedy.




    8. Maybe Ibsen s most important work and the most criticized at his time He makes a world record of sorts in how many tabu themes he can put in one single play Ibsen is realism But it is also full of symbolism Ibsen s plays are all puzzles, every sentence and line means something in the greater scheme and all the small details fit together perfectly and seamlessly in the end Ibsen is humour and tragedy Ibsen was modern and classic Ibsen was as greek and french as he was norwegian His plays are pure [...]


    9. I think this quote pretty much sums it up I almost think we are all of us ghosts, Pastor Manders It is not only what we have inherited from our father and mother that walks in us It is all sorts of dead ideas, and lifeless old beliefs, and so forth They have no vitality, but they cling to us all the same, and we cannot shake them off Whenever I take up a newspaper, I seem to see ghosts gliding between the lines There must be ghosts all the country over, as thick as the sands of the sea And then [...]


    10. A very dark play focusing on difficult social issues and conventions in late 19th century Norway The play s original title in Norwegian Gengangere seems appropriate than Ghosts since Gengangere refers to a spirit that returns to haunt somebody It is a bit sinister than the translator s choice Ghosts as a title The play was not performed in Norway where it was banned , but rather in a small venue in Chicago Knowing this I expected some severe social criticism in the play However, all the issues [...]



    11. Ghosts feels like a folk tale revealing the very human, fluid motivations of life relationships The reading experience is like watching the airy fabrics drift down onto a bed.


    12. Und wieder bin ich erstaunt, welche Tabuthemen Henrik Ibsen 1881 auf s Papier brachte und wie kritisch er die geringe Stellung der Frau in der Gesellschaft anschneidet Gesellschaftsl gen und Familienl gen wie die der Alvings werden unter die Lupe genommen und bieten endlos Stoff f r vielschichtige Interpretationen und anregende Diskurse Warum ist Ibsen keine Pflichtlekt re im deutschen Literaturunterricht Was diesen Dramatiker f r mich so einzigartig macht, ist, wie er in seinen Dramen typischen [...]


    13. I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead ideas and we can never be rid of them p46 The title in Norwegian is Gengangere which not only means ghosts but could also be translated as returners or frequenters Either way, the ghost or haunting imagery serves the sins of the fathers theme well Oswald is a ghost version of his father, Regina is a ghost version of Mrs Alving In 1882 [...]




    14. 3.5 starsIt is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life What right have we human beings to happiness We have simply to do our duty, Mrs Alving


    15. It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life Till now Mrs Alving has lived a moral live for most part she had to struggle to live with a husband who constantly cheats on her She kept his adulteries in secret even sending her son away to save him However she didn t do it because it was the right thing to do she did it to save her reputation A cowardice she now calls it frankly, when she began to question the very roots of morality.In fact, as the play progres [...]


    16. Geng ngare is among Henrik Ibsen best known plays and i could clearly see why It was a subtle play with depth and it had great social commentary on Ibsens times A scathing commentary on the double standard in gender roles,morality Very critical on priests,church,patriarchal society that stand for the old ways It had themes like that other than the clear ones in the story that drive foreward the story Not as modern as plays in his times when it comes to form,layout,characters but themes wise he w [...]


    17. was just like seeing ghosts before my eyes I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead beliefs and things of that kind They are not actually alive in us but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping between the lines There must be ghosts all over the world They must be countles [...]


    18. I can see why Ibsen didn t like the title Ghosts used by the American translator It misleads the reader viewer about the content subject of the play There are no hauntings in the play, just the repercussions of a wasted life by Helen Alving s deceased husband resulting in the tragic conclusion The play was very critical of Victorian society, the hypocrisy and double standards regarding women and class, and of religion Strong criticism for the time it was written It probably wouldn t translate to [...]



    19. Mrs Alving Ghosts When I heard Regina and Oswald in there, it was just like seeing ghosts before my eyes I am half inclined to think we are all ghosts, Mr Manders It is not only what we have inherited from our fathers and mothers that exists again in us, but all sorts of old dead beliefs and things of that kind They are not actually alive in us but there they are dormant, all the same, and we can never be rid of them Whenever I take up a newspaper and read it, I fancy I see ghosts creeping betwe [...]


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