Study Guide to the Major Plays of Henrik Ibsen

Study Guide to the Major Plays of Henrik Ibsen

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A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Henrik Ibsen, the foremost playwright of the nineteenth century and the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare. Titles in this study guide include Brand, Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Pillars of Society, Rosmersholm, and John Gabriel Borkman.

As a writer of social plays set in nineteenth-century Norway, Ibsen's use of realistic dialogue and depiction of characters' inner lives shaped the modern movement in drama. Moreover, as creator of the "problem play," Ibsen's brilliant psychological analysis of character continues to influence modern writers. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Ibsen's classic works, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains:

- Introductions to the Author and the Work

- Character Summaries

- Plot Guides

- Section and Chapter Overviews

- Test Essay and Study Q&As

The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645424499
Publisher: Dexterity
Publication date: 09/25/2020
Series: Bright Notes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 1 MB

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Intelligent Education is a learning company with a mission to publish accessible resources and digital tools to educate the world. Their mission drives every project, from publishing books to designing software and online courses, film projects, mobile apps, VR/AR learning tools and more. IE builds tools to empower people who love to learn. Intelligent Education offers courses in science, mathematics, the arts, humanities, history and language arts taught by leading university professors from Wake Forest University, Indiana University, Texas A&M University, and other great schools. The learning platform features 3D models and 360 media paired with instructional videos for on-screen and Mixed Reality interaction that increases student engagement and improves retention. The IE team is geographically located across the United States and is a division of Academic Influence. Learn more at

Table of Contents

CONTENTS 1) Introduction to Henrik Ibsen 1 2) Introduction to Brand 10 3) Brand: Textual Analysis 13 Act One 13 Act Two 15 Act Three 18 Act Four 22 Act Five 25 4) Brand: Character Analyses 32 5) Introduction to Peer Gynt 35 6) Peer Gynt: Textual Analysis 39 Act One 39 Act Two 42 Act Three 47 Act Four 50 Act Five 54 7) Peer Gynt: Character Analyses 62 8) Introduction to A Doll's House 64 9) A Doll's House: Textual Analysis 67 Act One 67 Act Two 71 Act Three 74 10) A Doll's House: Character Analyses 78 11) Introduction to Ghosts 81 12) Ghosts: Textual Analysis 83 Act One 83 Act Two 86 Act Three 90 13) Ghosts: Character Analyses 93 14) Introduction to An Enemy of The People 96 15) An Enemy of The Peoples: Textual Analysis 99 Act One 99 Act Two 102 Act Three 105 Act Four 108 Act Five 111 16) An Enemy of The Peoples: Character Analyses 115 17) Introduction to The Wild Duck 117 18) The Wild Duck: Textual Analysis 120 Act One 120 Act Two 123 Act Three 126 Act Four 129 Act Five 132 19) The Wild Duck: Character Analyses 136 20) Introduction to Hedda Gabler 139 21) Hedda Gabler: Textual Analysis 142 Act One 142 Act Two 146 Act Three 150 Act Four 153 22) Hedda Gabler: Character Analyses 157 23) Introduction to The Master Builder 160 24) The Master Builder: Textual Analysis 162 Act One 162 Act Two 166 Act Three 169 25) The Master Builder: Character Analyses 172 26) Introduction to Pillars of Society 174 27) Pillars of Society: Textual Analysis 176 Act One 176 Act Two 178 Act Three 180 Act Four 182 28) Introduction to Rosmersholm 185 29) Rosmersholm: Textual Analysis 187 Act One 187 Act Two 189 Act Three 191 Act Four 192 30) Introduction to John Gabriel Borkman 195 31) John Gabriel Borkman: Textual Analysis 197 Act One 197 Act Two 199 Act Three 201 Act Four 203 32) Critical Commentary 206 33) Essay Questions and Answers 210 34) Bibliography and Guide to Further Research 217

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