11-17-10Peer Gynt: Search for Contemporary model•Symbols in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt are important, and may be difficult to explain. This created a problem of genre. (486)•Ibsen uses many works and folktales from the past, for example, “a variation of the Norwegian Askelad who wins a princess and a half of a kingdom, follows Peer Gynt in his efforts to win a spiritual happiness in Solveig”, and a “three-point fornaldarsaga system”, which consists of a “travel pattern focusing on a hero’s departure; series of tests, court visits, and Viking adventures; and a homecoming. Why does Ibsen recycle these old stories to create Peer Gynt’s story? If most of the folktales are known to the readers at the time, do they serve to easily relate that story, and see it in a different perspective? (486-487)•Peer Gynt’s search for a more contemporary model that encompasses the whole of Norway’s past and present.•(489-490) Holberg and Niels Klim is compared to Peer Gynt and Ibsen. Holberg uses Niels to direct outward into society, while Ibsen turns the
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