The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

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This 1884 masterpiece may have its genesis in the hostile reception Ibsen -- widely regarded as the father of modern realist drama -- had received from the Norwegian public and critics for Ghosts (1881), which gave theater-goers a larger dose of truth than most were willing to bear. His next three plays -- The Wild Duck, An Enemy of the People (1882), and Rosmersholm (1886) -- focused on the consequences of telling the truth, or forbearing to do so. In The Wild Duck, the idealistic son of a corrupt merchant exposes his father's duplicity, but in the process destroys the very people he wishes to save. Convinced that reality is always superior to illusion, Gregers Werle forces his friends, the Ekdals, to face the truth about their lives. Unfortunately, the truth, involving scandal, illegitimacy, imprisonment, and madness, only serves to wound the Ekdals further. In the play, the wild duck is a symbol of this injured family, and perhaps of the loss of Ibsen's youthful idealism. Moving and powerful, this thought-provoking tragedy shows clearly why Ibsen is regarded as one of the giants of modern theater.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486411168
  • 9780486411163
  • 204,055

About Henrik Ibsen

Only Shakespeare's plays are performed more frequently than those of Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). The Norwegian playwright, theater director, and poet scandalized many of his contemporaries as he led the theater into the modern era by exploring the realities behind 19th-century social conventions.show more

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