Dalrymple makes each of the following claims in Ibsen and His Discontents  


  1. In all of his plays, Ibsen portrays human misery as resulting from not following one's own selfish inclinations, regardless of the consequences.
  2. Ibsen seeks to expose certain basic social institutions (i.e., marriage and the nuclear family) as inherently dysfunctional.
  3. Most people find it more comforting to believe in the tragic notion that mankind is inherently flawed with no possibility at perfection than in the utopian idea of human perfectibility. 
  4. The desire for an eventual state of affairs in which all human dissatisfactions are eradicated helps account for the enduring popularity of three of Ibsen's most frequently performed plays: A Doll's House, Ghosts, and Hedda Gabler.

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