A Psychologically Framed Expoloration of Human Nature: The Wild Duck

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The Wild Duck one of Ibsen’s later plays not only shows his great talent for mimesis writing with a social depth and distinguished realism, it offers a psychological framed exploration into human nature. The first scene focuses on social space both in terms of class and family. The Wild Duck offers an illusion or picture of reality. We can analyze and discuss many patterns of actions in the play as a whole. In Act II a pattern of actions that caught my attention was the constant effort on behalf of Greger, to free Hjalmar from the illusion that his family is perfect. Eventually Greger manages to shatter that by driving Hedvig to commit suicide. Greger finds out that there is a secret being held back from him in Act I, that his father Werle …show more content…
When reading this play there is a language attraction between Greger and Hedvig. Unlike her parents, Hedvig doesn’t ignore Greger’s statements he makes in the play as being to intellectual or even ridiculous at times. She is rather intrigued by them. After Geger’s has said that he would like to be ‘a clever dog ‘Gina wants Hedvig to confirm that Greger is a little strange. ‘Wasn’t that a queer business, his wanting to be a dog?’ Hedvig has a different opinion. Whereas the adults are unwilling, to acknowledge that Greger’s is speaking in code, Hedvig states her belief that it was just as if he meant something else from what he said all the time letting her mother know that the surface of his language is literal and differs radically from its depths. Later in the play, referring to Ekdal’s wild duck, Gregers states that ‘she has been in the depth of sea’ Hedvig is very amused, first by the fact that Greger’s uses the “depths” instead of the word “bottom” it lets her know that he as well had the same wild idea and approach to describe the attic where the duck lives. Greger uses a lot of metaphors as well to let Hedvig use her imagination if in fact the attic is only an attic. At the the end of the play when

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