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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 a doctor but game up on the idea after he failed Greek and Math on his University entrance exams Medicine was not his only ambition He also wanted to be a painterIn 1850 Ibsen entered the first of his three writing periods His romantic period went from 1850 to 1873 The greatest works from this period are the Brandand Peer Gynt Most of the plays that he wrote during these years are romantic historical dramas Lady Inger of Ostraat was a romantic drama with intrigue The Vikings of Helgeland was a simple and sad tragedy The last play of the Romantic period was Emperor and Galilean It is similar to Ibsens other play Catiline because it showed his impatience with traditional attitudes and values In both plays he showed sympathy for historical characters who were famous for being rebelliousIbsen became the stage manager and playwright of the National Stage in Bergen in 1851 He worked there for six years In 1857 he moved
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