Key Points Reading (700-734). SEPT 22

Key Points Reading (700-734). SEPT 22 - Key Points to Know...

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Key Points to Know from Reading (700-734) 1. Henrik Ibsen – using the new style of realism, Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) slowly and painfully became the most influential modern dramatist. Subjects that had been ignored on the stage became the center of his work. His family was extremely poor, and as a youth he worked in a drugstore in Grimstad, in Norway. At seventeen he had an illegitimate child with a servant girl. At twenty-one he wrote his first play in verse. In 1850 at the age of twenty-two, he left Grimstad for Oslo to become a student, but within a year he joined the new National theater and stayed for six years, writing and directing. In the 1850s he wrote numerous plays that did not bring him recognition. His breakthrough came with the publication in 1866 of the verse play Brand, which was written to be read and not performed. His play in 1881, ghosts, had him isolated by the community because of talked about syphilis. In 1891 he returned to Norway where he dies 15 years later. Ibsen was the most influential European dramatist in the late nineteenth century, Ibsen inspired emerging writers in the US, Ireland, and many other nations. But his influence was not felt until the early decades of the twentieth century, when other writers were able to spread the revolutionary doctrine that was implied in realism as practiced by Ibsen and Strindberg. Being direct, honest, and unsparing in treating character and theme became the normal mode of serious drama after Ibsen. A Doll House A Doll's House opens on Christmas Eve. Nora Helmer enters her well-furnished living room— the setting of the entire play—carrying several packages. Torvald Helmer, Nora's husband, comes out of his study when he hears her arrive. He greets her playfully and affectionately, but then chides her for spending so much money on Christmas gifts. Their conversation reveals that the Helmers have had to be careful with money for many years, but that Torvald has recently obtained a new position at the bank where he works that will afford them a more comfortable lifestyle. Helene, the maid, announces that the Helmers' dear friend Dr. Rank has come to visit. At the same time, another
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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Key Points Reading (700-734). SEPT 22 - Key Points to Know...

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