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This week I finally got round to checking out Peer GyntA celebrated rhymed drama by Henrik Ibsen, inn t To get the full effect, you need to read it in NorwegianOr possibly translated to other languages of that regionEarlier epics in verse, I can think the author built onBut I d be willing to bet a krona that none of them was Milton As a neighboring country might perhaps say, fy fan,A work that s a good deal closer is Byron s Don Juan Gynt is a liar, a blackguard, a general cadSomehow we re left feeling that he s really not so badWhen he treats women like dirt, he always does it with a smileLike Flashman, we forgive him, since he has a sense of styleIs it existentialist philosophy We re led a merry danceSome parts are, you ll have gathered, unsuitable for maiden auntsOthers may be based on ancient tales of troll and elfAll the same it resembles nothing quite so much as itselfDoes it sound like this review No, honestly, not at at all Since I can t write like Ibsen, I ve copied McGonagallWell perhaps a tiny bit He can t resist a terrible rhymeAnd like the Scot, he ll be remembered for a very long time. Peer Gynt, Henrik IbsenPeer Gynt is a five act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen published in 1867 Written in Danish the common written language of Denmark and Norway in Ibsen s lifetime it is one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays Ibsen believed Per Gynt, the Norwegian fairy tale on which the play is loosely based, to be rooted in fact, and several of the characters are modelled after Ibsen s own family, notably his parents Knud Ibsen and Marichen Altenburg 2013 1333 1392Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen, c1963 1392 349 9789643413668 1392 19 . ,, , ,, , ,, ,, , , , , ,, 1961,, , ,, , ,,, , , , , , , , , , ,, ,, , ,Youtube ,Edvard Grieg , ,I Dovregubbens hall , ,Slagt ham Slagt ham In the late fall of 1987, an awkward lad of 17, I fell in love with a married woman view spoiler that killed herself hide spoiler The Tragedy of the Selfish Life2 July 2013 It was interesting that as I was finishing this play it just happened that a Norweigan was sitting opposite me on the train and made a comment about how he didn t think that anybody actually read Ibsen outside of Norway, though he also mentioned that Ibsen is among the four greatest playwrights of Norway and considering I don t know who the other three are, and that I have heard of Isben, and Peer Gynt, since I read the Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Obviously to the Norweigans there are probably playwrights that arepopular than Ibsen, but outside of Norway I would have to say that he is the most well known if not only playwright As for Peer Gynt, it is probably his most well known play, even if most people actually don t know what it is about Well, the question then arises as to what it is about Well, it is about a selfish man that lives a selfish life, and ends up dying, not so much alone, but in the arms of a woman that had been waiting for him all of her life, but was never able to live with, or love him In a way there is a lot of Peer Gynt in many if not all of us, and I must say that I suspect there is some Peer Gynt in me as well The reason that I say this is because Peer Gynt is about selfishness and about how our selfishness ends up blinding ourselves to the world around us In fact, our desire for ourselves and for our own self satisfaction cuts us off from what the world really can offer us and the enjoyment that we can really experience Now, simply because I have read Peer Gynt does not mean that I am going to run back to Adelaide I don t think that is what I have got out of this play, but what I have realised, as I look back on my life, is how I have missed out on a lot of things as Peer Gynt did because I pursued my own selfish desires and got caught up on what I wanted, and cried about what I didn t have, rather than actually taking hold of the joy of what I do have I am not the only person who has been through this, many of us have, but the difference is that many of us do not look back on our past to really see the mistakes that we have made, and the selfish decisions that have cut us off from really enjoying life For instance, I bemoaned the fact that I would never have the money to shop in the really fashionable district in Naples yet was blind to the fact that I was actually in Naples Would it not have been better to have enjoyed the fact that I was in Naples rather than crying about what I do not have Similarly, I bemoan the fact that I will probably never be able to own a BMW or a Mercedes, yet ignore the fact that in reality I probably don t actually want a BMW or a Mercedes Okay, I many not be able to afford a 2012 Porshce Boxster, but I bet and I have done this if I look on carsales.com I could find a 1978 Porsche 944 that is actually in a reasonable condition The imagery of the troll plays prominently in Peer Gynt, and it is suggested that the troll is reflective of our bestial nature Peer Gynt, in many cases, is a beast, and he succumbs to his bestial side His dream is to rule the world, and to lead an army of five thousand men, and in a way he reaches that dream, but that dream, in the end, only exists within his imagination in a mental asylum Certainly he is worshipped as an emperor, but he is only the emperor in his own mind In fact, there are numerous scenes where Gynt exists only on his own, and while he does not really bemoan anything, he is caught up in that essence of self without actually seeing the world around him There are some interesting scenes, such as when he takes the bride and flees into the mountains, only to let go of her and send her back Certainly, he wants the bride, but when he has her he realises that he does not want her, despite the fact that she wants him Once again, Peer Gynt only sees his own world and his own desires and is oblivious to the world around him Similarly it is with the woman who loves him, but while at first he does want her, he decides that he is not worthy for her for he says that he smells of troll a realisation that he has succumbed to his bestial nature, his desire for self fulfilment as opposed to a holistic social fulfilment and flees Maybe it is that the bestial nature is what holds him back from truly being able to fulfil his own life The Norweigan on the train said that Ibsen was critical of society, but I do not think it is society that he is being critical of in this play As I have said, our society is not actually a society at all, but a fractured collection on individuals who move amongst each other with a desire to better there own fortunes and their own nests Marriages today have pretty much become a sham, which is probably why gay marriage is such a hot topic Many Christians campaign against gay marriage because they believe that it will destroy the institution of marriage when in reality the institution of marriage has already been destroyed It is no longer the biblical concept of two becoming one, but rather two partnering together to use each other to fulfil their own desires, and once those desires have been fulfilled, or are no longer being fulfilled, then the partnership breaks apart In the end, we no not exist as a community, but rather we exist as a collection of individuals who each live in our own individual reality and fail to see the true reality that exists around us. . IntroductionSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt *Free Epub ☠ Peer Gynt ☘ Peer Gynt Was Ibsen S Last Work To Use Poetry As A Medium Of Dramatic Expression, And The Poetry Is Brilliantly Appropriate To The Imaginative Swings Between Scandinavian Oral Folk Traditions, The Morrocan Coast, The Sahara Desert, And The Absurdist Images Of The Cairo Madhouse This Translation Is Taken From The Acclaimed Oxford Ibsen John McFarlane Is Emeritus Professor Of European Literature At The University Of East Anglia, And General Editor Of The Oxford Ibsen I have to confess I only read this for the trolls.But I enjoyed it for the social satire and the dissection of selfhood. Our age reminds one of the dissolution of the Greek city state Everything goes on as usual and yet there is no longer anyone who believes in it The invisible spiritual bond which gives it validity, no longer exists, and so the whole age is at once comic and tragic tragic because it is perishing, comic because it goes on S ren Kierkegaard This was written before Ibsen decided to shift toward the genre he would pioneer realism This is one of the last of the major 19th century romantic works and it is also a verse play a la Richard II the only other verse play I can think of off the top of my head I am not big on that genre outside of Keats and Poe, and not even existentialism can change that this seems to be one of the first fictional works to actually be influenced by an existentialist philosopher This is the third work of Ibsen I have read and definitely the earliest It is not a bad play, but my expectations of of Ibsen are much higher than they would have been if I had read this play as my introduction to him.Peer Gynt, the Norwegian folk legend, is turned into a Kierkegaardian aesthetic man that goes on a near nihilistic binder because he cannot answer the simple fact of what he is or what his purpose is He does whatever he wants to whoever he wants whenever he wants for years, never truly being punished or fully rewarded Gynt is a strangely deranged, but extremely crafty man, bordering on sociopathic The play starts in Norway, but touches much of society around the world and comments a lot on Scandinavian politics of the time Ironically, it was written while Ibsen was living in the newly minted country of Italy, before he moved back to Norway.