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The Wild Duck Summary
Henrik Ibsen

Everything you need to understand or teach The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen.

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The Wild Duck Summary


In a letter accompanying the manuscript for The Wild Duck, Henrik Ibsen wrote to his publisher, "This new play in many ways occupies a place of its own among my dramas; the method is in various respects a departure from my earlier one. ... The critics, will, I hope, find the points; in any case, they will find plenty to quarrel about, plenty to misinterpret." Ibsen, however, was disappointed in these early expectations. When the play opened in Scandinavia early in 1885, critics paid relatively little attention to it. The play soon traveled throughout the continent. While a few luminaries commended it notably the playwright George Bernard Shaw and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke most early critics found the play incomprehensible and incoherent. Audiences, as well, showed little positive response to The Wild Duck.

In ensuing years, however, and as people began to understand both Ibsen's notion of "tragi-com-edy" as well...

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