ghosts 10 - Jacob Zipperstein Second Draft The Haunting...

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Unformatted text preview: Jacob Zipperstein Second Draft The Haunting Memories of Generations In the play Ghosts , Henrik Ibsen brilliantly analyzes the theme of conflicts between generations . Throughout the play , the audience is introduced to characters from the late 19 th century and how they dealt with controversial love and family situations . The motif of hostility between generations becomes increasingly evident through his protagonist Mrs . Alving, the widow of Captain Alving. Critics have fervently attacked this play suggesting that Ibsen destroyed his reputation by writing a play with no ending and thieving ideas from Greek tragedies . However , if one were to look deeper into the play , it becomes evident that the ending act is truly magnificent. In Ibsens Ghosts , there are many masks behind each protagonist , complicated by the lingering presence of events that occurred to the characters before what is witnessed on the stage . Ibsen ingeniously focuses on the ways in which events and people that are long gone continue to stay alive and reverberate throughout the generation of their descendants . The most obvious ghosts , or haunting memories, are those of Johanna the maid and Chamberlain Alving . These characters have been dead for years , but when seeing Oswald touching Regina , Johannas daughter, in the same dining room where her husband had once made a flirtation gesture on Johanna a generation earlier , Mrs. Alving quickly realizes that ghosts are among them . 1 Many of the events from the past coil around another , entangled like a careless rope , but one event in particular seems to be at the center of the Alving familys struggles: it is a instant that happens quickly , nearly thirty years earlier, when Mrs. Alving shows up at Pastor Manders door with the words , Here I am. Take me. At that brief moment in the past , all of the plays major themes love, lust, repression, honor, independence and opportunity intersected , and the results of that lost moment are as critical as anything in these present , unfulfilled lives. Mrs . Alving had been young and fatherless , talked into marriage by her mother and aunts who strongly felt that marriage to this elegant young sailor would be the most glamorous decision she could make . Their encouragement was , however, based on the assumption that once married, the captain would switch from sailor to husband . Unfortunately , Mrs. Alving later uses the word dissolute to describe her husband , a word that identifies him as being morally unstable. As she later states , the town had no joys to offer him only dissipations. Because Mrs . Alving had already given her ring finger away, Pastor Manders had no choice but to turn her away from his doorstep ....
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This note was uploaded on 09/04/2010 for the course CHEM 10966 taught by Professor Vollhardt during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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