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Rocks are infinitely more dangerous when they are submerged and thesluggish waves of false sentiment and hypocrisy have been washing overreality far too long already Coward Discuss with reference to moderndramaThis essay will explore the work of Henrik Ibsens Ghosts and JohnGalsworthys Justice and will ask in relation to Cowards quote abovewhether they regard societal norms as obscuring deeper truths orwhether their realism leads them to regard societal norms as truthitself Although Ibsen put his hopes in his notions of truth andliberation as the cornerstones of a new and better society these verysame notions are what cause the downfall of Ghosts The idealistcharacters prevail whilst the characters who discover a different truthare left in despair The essay will therefore explore a tension betweenidealism and a modernists sense of reality in the works of Ibsen andGalsworthy Ibsen once wrote that Ghosts would case alarm for some people and if ithad not then there would have been no need for him to write it Bysaying this Ibsen positioned himself as an outsider of society but alsomakes clear his aims of being a realistic commentator on contemporarylife However Ibsens play was met with an even more hostile responsethan he expected critics claimed it was an abominable play adisgusting representation and a dirty act done publicly The lastquote suggests that it was not so much the content of the play itself asthe fact that it was aired publicly that was offensive to Victoriansociety but it was indeed that murkier reality behind the splendor ofthe Victorian facade which Ibsen wished to expose in his work James McFarlane argues that it is a crisis in an individuals lifebrought about by the internal workings of narrative which convenientlyserves as a metaphor or vehicle for Ibsen to comment on societyshypocrisy Ibsen concentrates on some phase in the contemporarysituation where a latent crisis suddenly becomes visible In this wayhe was able to embody contemporary problems through the medium of anindividuals destiny This implies that
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