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The play Ghosts was written Henrik Ibsen in 1881 The play went for just over an hour but it seemed like an eternity To say that only a few people liked this play would be an overstatement I dont think anyone enjoyed it The play was set in 1881 in a house owned by Helene Helene lives in a country town in Norway Back then in Norway they had very strict morals and such topics as sexually transmitted diseases and leaving your husband werent even thought of The play dealt with a lot of controversial issues for its time and place The main character in the play was Helene the mother of Oswald Oswald had syphilis an STD Oswald thought he caught it trough his own fault when in fact hes inherited it through his father who slept around Helene wants her son to keep thinking his father was a good man but doesnt want to tell him that he cheated on her The other characters in the play include Paster Manders priest and good friends with Helene Regine Helenes maid and Estranged the carpenter who claims to be Regines father The themes that the play dealt with were women marrying for money instead of love leaving your husband was not an option and children should look up to parents no matter what they were like While most of these themes arent going to make an exciting play these days back in 1881 it was viewed as controversial and before its time I wouldnt recommend Ghosts to anyone The structure of the play was its major downfall having only one room to base the entire play meant that the play felt like it wasnt going anywhere and consequently added to the already high boredom level The play often involved Helene and Paster exchanging dialogue back and forth for over 30 minutes this made the play extremely boring It was also hard
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