“A Doll’s House” And “Ghosts": Style And Social Criticism



Ibsen truly shows his style and his social criticism in his works, “A Doll’s House” and “Ghosts.”
Both works are done in the modern style of drama that he fathered. Each play is written around only a few main characters. In “A Doll’s House,” the play revolves around Nora and Tovrald Helmer and in “Ghosts” the play revolves around Mrs. Alving, Mr. Manders and Oswald Alving. Each play also demonstrates Ibsen’s style of having only one setting, the Helmer house and the Alving house, respectively. Another aspect of Ibsen’s work is that he tells the play through words, not actions. He shows this through speeches by Nora, Tovrald, Dr. Rank, Christine, Krogstad, Mrs. Alving, Mr. Manders, ...

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Manders is exactly the same way. He only cares about what people think of him, not real issues. Ibsen also shows that people are narrow-minded. Nora even points this out to Tovrald when he is condemning Krogstad for one mistake. Mr. Manders is very narrow-minded in the way he thinks society should be. He has a very cut and dry outlook on the way life should be lived. He looks down upon people he believes are sinners because they live a different way of life. This is shown through his discussion with Oswald about life in Paris.
Ibsen also shows that people in the Victorian time do not speak their minds. Nora and Tovrald never sat down to have a real discussion about anything until their final discussion when Nora forces Tovrald to speak about their problems. She points this out by saying, “We have never sat down in earnest together to try to get to the bottom of anything.” Mrs. Alving points out the fact that no one speaks their mind to Mr. Manders when he questions her ...

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