11-21-10Peer Gynt Act IVOrientalism is a term used for the depiction of eastern cultures by the West writers, designers and artists. (101, 102) Peer Gynt again expresses his want for recognition and identity. He boasts that he’ll become the emperor, and “A name in every country known—Sir Peter Gynt from heel to crown.” Peer’s want to become emperor hasn’t changed since the beginning—what makes him keep on going?(106) Again, Gynt is ridiculed, and looked down by his peers, by his selfish motives of gaining money and power. Here, he is not depicted in a positive light—why does Ibsen characterize him this way, and will his character change that will make him see more of the “reality”?(108) Ibsen makes fun of Christian ideals when Gynt, portrayed as a fool for being selfish, asks God to listen to his prayer. However, he says, “damned if he’s listening! Deaf! That’s his style. What a mess! A God unable to answer prayers.”
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