By Henrik Ibsen

In those 3 unforgettably excessive performs, Henrik Ibsen explores the issues of non-public and social morality that he perceived on the earth round him and, specifically, the advanced nature of fact. The Pillars of the Community (1877) depicts a corrupt shipowner’s fight to conceal the sins of his prior on the fee of one other man’s recognition, whereas in The Wild Duck (1884) an idealist, believing he needs to inform the reality at any price, destroys a kinfolk through exposing the lie in the back of his friend’s marriage. And Hedda Gabler (1890) portrays an unhappily married lady who's not able to damage unfastened from the traditional lifestyles she has created for herself, with tragic effects for the whole family members.

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So much of his life, except for the public occasions and events, remain a mystery to me. He died in 1865, at the close of the Civil War, in Matagorda, where he had a summer house. Through the years I have learned a great deal about his public life, but as a boy all that I knew of the governor and his part of my family came from my Aunt Louisiana Texas Patience Horton; I called her Aunt Loula. She was not a pretty woman, not even a handsome one. She was tall, held herself very erect, and was surrounded by her sisters who were beauties.

My father said, “Don’t fill your head with all that. That’s done. ” I asked. “Yes, I have,” he said, “That and a lot more. ” Even on the busiest Saturdays, I had time to listen to the black and occasional white farmers who wanted my father to wait on them. I stood by to wrap packages or to get change for my father, listening to their country speech and their stories of weather and crops, of illnesses or hard times their friends were undergoing, or their personal tragedies. There was laughter, too, teasing and jokes.

They talked of weather, of the crops and the prospects of the crops. They got into political arguments. They were all Democrats, but they disagreed about individual Democratic policies and politicians. When they talked of the past, it was often using unfamiliar names never mentioned by my aunts and grandparents. One day, a descendant of our ancestor who, according to my great-aunt, had stolen our house and lands, came into my father’s store. My father greeted him by calling him Cousin. The man bought a hat, and they talked together for awhile about the weather and the crops.

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