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The Wild DuckIn the Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen begins his play by emphasizing the value of color and light He uses the theme of light to contrast Old Werle a stingy rich man with Old Ekdal a poor helpless man Ibsen connects the color green with the loss of eyesight of Old Werle A possible affair between Old Werle and Gina Hedvigs mother may suggest the cause of Hedvigs loss of sight By using sun and moon Ibsen establishes the atmosphere of the scene The story line deteriorates from peaceful to tragic Similarly does the setting in the last four acts In the Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen employs the image of light to portray certain characteristics in order to construct the plot and to adjust the mood of the scene FL Lucas analyzes the opening arrangement and writes In the outer room the lamps are dimmed with green shades in contrast to the brilliance of the room behind190 We understand that this meant that the outer room lit with soft and shaded light implies poverty where as the inner room illuminated with bright candles expresses wealth The darkened room insinuating poverty is the office in which the poor Old Ekdal does some extra copying and in return receives a small income The inside room representing wealth is Old Werles dining room where he was hosting a party The distinctions of these two lit rooms contrast Old Ekdal and Old Werle In contrast to Werles party the lighting is of comparative poverty on the table a lighted lamp190 explains critic FL Lucas Unlike Old Werles expensive and exquisite illumination a small inexpensive lamp lights the Ekdals home displaying poverty This dissimilarity shows another significant distinction between Old Werle and Old Ekdal The distinctions of the light between Old Ekdals and Old Werles homes is illustrated in the following incidentIt is brought to the readers attention that in the following quotation Old Werle and Old Ekdal were
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