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Realism: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

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Alex Persaud

on 13 December 2013

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Transcript of Realism: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

(To Engstrand)
"Regina: What are you going to fool Pastor Manders into doing this time?"
"Engstrand: What the devil do you mean Do you set yourself up against your father , you hussy?"
emphasizes Regina's isolation (socially)
no true "family"
strong emotional implications
"Mrs. Alving: Here, in my loneliness, I have come to the same way of thinking, Pastor Manders. But I have never dared to say anything. Well, now my boy shall speak for me."
strong characters
report on what is happening
To what extent does Ibsen utilize societal shifts in order to convey his motif of isolationism?
Realism: Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
Tables for Ladies
The second half of the 19th century = Realism
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen was written in 1881
-first staged in 1882

Characteristics of Realist Works:
attention to detail
an effort to replicate the true nature of reality >"Gjengangere" (Norwegian title) = "again walkers"
novel's function is a report of what happened (marriage between literature and journalism)
relies on the strength of the characters (as opposed to the strength of the plot...romantic idealism)
advancements in the field of human psychology = more inner workings of the mind and delicate emotions
plot: unknowable, uncertain, shifting society
Edward Hopper
realist painter
Tables for Ladies
the viewer is directly outside of an ordinary restaurant in New York
bright colors, not necessarily a
loneliness and weariness of city dwellers
social isolation - Hopper was an artist during the Great Depression so many people couldn't afford to dine out
Tables for Ladies - women could eat alone; however the man represents the transition
women working outside the home
attention to detail
an effort to replicate the true nature of reality
shift in social equilibrium
Regina knows that Engstrand is up to something
psychological aspects
strength of characters
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