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Quintessence of Ibsenism (Version 2)

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Quintessence of Ibsenism, a book written by George Bernard Shaw, is a thought-provoking analysis of the plays of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Shaw delves deep into the thematic elements of Ibsen's work, dissecting each play and examining the underlying social commentary and philosophical ideas present in Ibsen's writing.

Shaw's writing is incredibly insightful and engaging, offering readers a thoughtful exploration of Ibsen's dramatic works. He explores topics such as the role of women in society, morality, and the nature of truth and deception. Shaw's analysis is thorough and provides readers with a deeper understanding of Ibsen's plays and the messages they convey.

Overall, Quintessence of Ibsenism is a must-read for anyone interested in Ibsen's work or in 19th-century drama in general. Shaw's writing is both informative and entertaining, making this book a valuable resource for students, scholars, and fans of Ibsen alike. It offers a fresh perspective on Ibsen's plays and sheds light on the enduring relevance of his work in today's society.

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InThis is an essay providing an extended analysis of the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and of Ibsen's critical reception in England. Shaw uses this "exposition of Ibsenism" to illustrate the imperfections of British society, using the idea of an imaginary "community of a thousand persons," divided into three categories: Philistines, Idealists, and the lone Realist.

The main discussion revolves around Ibsen's recurring topic of the strong character holding out against social hypocrisy, while stating in his essay's final sentence that the quintessence of Ibsenism is that "there is no formula." ( Michele Eaton)

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