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A Great Playwright Not Named Shakespeare Henrik Ibsen Thesis The life and writing of Henrik Ibsen was impressive and leads me to believe that his plays are among the greatest of the 19th century IThe Early Years of Ibsen IIThe Ibsen Family IIIFirst Literary Period IVSecond Literary Period VThird Literary Period VIConclusion When one thinks of an astounding playwright most tend to think of William Shakespeare However when I think of one who plays with such emotion and physicality I think of Henrik Ibsen In Ibsens time he was a widely known playwright whom not only could play on the same court as Shakespeare but who could take his quill and use it against him in a way that not many were capable of reproducing when it came to literati on The life and writing of Henrik Ibsen was impressive and leads me to believe that his plays are among the greatest of the 19th century Henrik Ibsen was born at Skien in Norway on March 20 1828 When he was eight his father went bankrupt This event made a deep impression upon him After they went bankrupt his family moved to a small farm north of the town where they lived in poverty Henrik was forced to attend a small local school He received a substandard education In 1843 the family returned to town Unfortunately they were still poor Ibsen came from a very dysfunctional family His domineering father was an alcoholic who found solace in alcohol His quiet mother found comfort in religion He used them as a model for his plays The blend of an overbearing husband and a submissive wife made appearances in his plays Brand A Dolls House and Ghosts The bitter character of Hjalmar Ekdal in The Wild Duck was based on Ibsens father When he was sixteen he moved to Grimstad to work for a druggist He had wanted to become
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