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The Lady From the Sea

The Lady From the Sea by Henrik Ibsen
By: (1828-1906)

Henrik Ibsen's play, The Lady From the Sea, is a compelling and thought-provoking exploration of love, duty, and freedom. Set against the backdrop of a small Norwegian village, the play follows the story of Ellida, a lighthouse keeper's wife, who finds herself torn between her obligations to her family and her desire for true emotional fulfillment.

Ibsen's masterful storytelling and complex character development make The Lady From the Sea a rich and engaging read. Ellida's internal struggle as she grapples with the choices before her is beautifully portrayed, capturing the conflicting emotions of love, longing, and duty that all readers can relate to.

The play also delves into larger themes of societal expectations and the constraints they place on individuals, particularly women. Through Ellida's journey, Ibsen challenges traditional gender roles and explores the idea of self-fulfillment in a way that feels both timeless and relevant.

Overall, The Lady From the Sea is a powerful and thought-provoking play that will linger in the minds of readers long after they have finished it. Ibsen's exploration of love, duty, and freedom is both timeless and timely, making this a must-read for fans of classic literature.

Book Description:
The title character in Ibsen's drama, Ellida Wangel, is married to a prosperous doctor, but feels stifled by her roles as wife and stepmother to her husband's two daughters by a previous marriage, Hilde and Bolette. Ten years earlier she had promised to marry another man - and on a sultry summer day, he comes back to her. Ellida must decide whether to choose the safety of her life with Wangel, or to yield to the siren song of the sea.

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