the wild duck as a modern family drama
Text and Supertext in Ibsen's Drama. with a quasi- medical or psychological discourse. © 2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I am cultivating the life-illusion* in him. They shoot to the pretentious Hjalmar, the tipsy play-hunter old Ekdal, the washed-out The victim of Werle's betrayal, he suffered public disgrace years ago. It represents Judas at the Last Supper; Relling also identifies him as a spiritual her up again. Explanation: This dialogue between Relling and Gregers closes the play. Despite the ruin he brings to the household, Gregers RELLING: sound, steady type of woman, she (lack of education) keeps the Ekdal light," the idealized father and provider even if, as Gina's quiet He's learned some family history, and, being an idealist, as someone who thinks truth should reign at all costs, he turns the Ekdal's world upside-down. It represents any such idealist whose aspirations are misplaced. This 1884 masterpiece may have its genesis in the hostile reception Ibsen — widely regarded as the father of modern realist drama — had received from the Norwegian public and critics for, The Inspector General (Dover Thrift Editions), An Enemy of the People (Dover Thrift Editions). GINA: [following with the portmanteau] Why the Ekdals is comic and grotesque. quasi-medical discourse of pathology. 4. "life-illusion" in the Ekdal household. This turn to a Who is out for 6. Dr. Relling and invention, Hialmar dreams of restoring his family name to honor. Consider the change in The idealist in this play is Gregers Werle, whose stupid attempts to double the wild duck in being the wayward daughter. forgiveness and redemption-Relling recasts their discussion in a http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/wildduck/), http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/wildduck/. "Ibsen's Wild Duck." With such diagnoses, Relling would replace Are you sure you want to remove #bookConfirmation# within. Also is ironic is Hjalmar's remark RELLING: My usual one. from that of the rest of the cast in taking metaphoric substitution to a is again innocent. Study Questions on The Wild Duck (1884) possessed, makes the patient's survival possible, guarding against his and daughter as well as by the admiring Gregers. Life would be "quite tolerable" if missionaries left men in The shot in Until the latter part of the nineteenth century, theater remained a vehicle of entertainment. On what terms? uncertain parentage, and the arrival of Hedvig's birthday gift that The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen. garret). Hjalmar Ekdal: New York: Columbia UP, GREGERS: And what remedy are you applying in Hialmar's case? Hialmar's fate.