Henrik Ibsen’s Plays and His Significance As A Dramatist

Henrik Ibsen's Plays and his significance as a Dramatist

Ibsen, the 19th century Norwegian dramatist and poet once said, "I am in favor of nothing. I suggest no remedies.... I am not a teacher. I am a painter--a portrait-painter."[1]
I do not disagree with Ibsen's candid opinion about himself and about his plays, but isn't it also true that a portrait or a picture can convey a lesson more effectively than a million words combined? It was through such realistic portraits of people's lives, their moods and their inner struggles in the backdrop of the social issues of the times that Ibsen was able to give a new direction to the 20th century drama and became known as the founder of the ...

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periods. The first was the phase of the poetic dramas that dealt primarily with historical themes, folklore, and romantic pageantry. These included plays such as Love's Comedy, Brand and Peer Gynt. In fact, Love's Comedy is more than just a poetic drama: it is a satire that holds up a mirror to Ibsen's contemporaries and strikes at the heart of hypocrisy of the times. Not surprisingly, the play managed to stir a storm of indignation among people who saw their own unflattering selves in Ibsen's mirror and did not like what they saw. Brand, published in 1866, is considered to be Ibsen's first major work which dramatizes the tragedy of an idealist and his blind devotion to a false sense of duty. Peer Gynt is another poetic drama in verse that appeared in the following year and related, in allegorical terms, the adventures of an egocentric but imaginative opportunist.
Ibsen's second dramatic phase is that of the realistic social plays for which he is best known. In these plays, ...

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