Category Archives: Henrik Ibsen

AP English Challenge: Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, at long last (by Jill)

Hedda Gabler is one of those evil but interesting characters we like to talk about here on Postcards from Purgatory.  And along with being kind of evil, Hedda has a bonus streak of crazy.  The crazy ones are the best … Continue reading

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The AP English Challenge Continues: Jill Reviews Ibsen’s A Doll House

My feelings about Heinrik Ibsen’s A Doll House are not as deeply rooted or as passionate as Bethany’s.  It has not been a tale I have thought much about over the past eighteen and a half years.  I found nothing … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ibsen’s The Master Builder (by Bethany)

After Act I, I thought The Master Builder was going to be my least favorite of the four Ibsen plays in this book. After I read the whole play, it was my favorite. How did this change happen? I’ll explain. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (by Bethany)

I am rarely compelled to write plays. My ideas usually always come to me as either novels or short stories. I wrote poetry a long time ago, and once, recently, a sonnet came to me fully formed and I wrote … Continue reading

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Even Funnier Than Seven: Thoughts on Ibsen’s The Wild Duck (by Bethany)

When Jill and I were in high school, there were still a few movie theatres that showed double features. Tthey paired two movies, and you could see one or the other or both for the cost of one ticket. For … Continue reading

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Torvald, Torvald, You Bastard, I’m Through: Thoughts on A Doll House After Reading it for What I Hope to God is the Very Last Time (by Bethany)

I don’t know what I can say about this play. Of course it’s good – if anything, it’s a model (or THE model) of what a modern play should look like. Of course it’s socially and culturally important. Of course … Continue reading

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In Which I Give Free Reign to Some Unresolved Anger Issues: Pre-Reading Notes on Ibsen’s A Doll House and Hedda Gabler (by Bethany)

Literature is full of sympathetic jackasses. If you’ve been following the discussion in the comments section of my Jane Eyre review (which I recommend, by the way – it’s much more interesting than the review itself), you’ll know that I … Continue reading

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