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In the final analysis the individual can never be free from hisher cultural identity class gender race or ethnic background Discuss this statement in relation to at least two of these aspects with detailed reference to at least one text Henrik Ibsen a playwright of social reform wrote Ghosts in 1881 The play is set in the bourgeois Norwegian society and is primarily about dishonesty the patriarchy hypocrisy and above all to entertain his audience The play follows the path of a Greek tragedy all the action is within 24 hours and in the end there is an area of uncertaincy for nothing is truly concluded Through Ghosts Ibsen illustrates that society perpetuates itself by handing down a set of beliefs and customs from one generation to the next Within the text the reader can analyse that the individual can never be free from their cultural identity class or gender This is shown by the characters of Pastor Manders Mrs Alving Oswald Regina and Engstrand who all however may escape from the boundaries of the past in some aspects inevitably return to these backgrounds or are infected from these backgrounds Believes hes holy and good Pastor Manders is a character in Ghosts that is portrayed to be virtuous and noble through a deeper reading however it is seen to be that he is in fact a hypocritical figure of the church His character never really changes throughout the entirety of the play he believes people conform to his stereotypes he never learns from his mistakes and follows a set of beliefs that was outdated long ago Throughout Ghosts it is continually shown that Pastor Manders is never free from his identity Pastor Manders and Mrs Alving clearly have feelings for each other I thought you realized where my heart as you call it had strayed in those days Manders upholding his churchman status replies with difficulty If Id realized anything of
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