Category Archives: Ibsen (Henrik)

“Enemy of the People,” Badge of Honor

Donald Trump has been attack the media as “the enemy of the people,” bringing to mind Heinrik Ibsen’s 1882 play. The play is about a truth-telling scientist but the parallels are still very apt: stand up for truth, regardless of the consequences.

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The Abortion Debate & Doll’s House

Our society’s impasse over abortion is like the impasse in Ibsen’s “Doll’s House” between Thorvald and Nora: he insists on moral absolutes, she resents being infantilized.

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SCOTUS Traps Women in Doll’s House

The Supreme Court, with its Hobby Lobby decision, is reminiscent of patronizing Torvald Helmer in Ibsen’s “Doll’s House.”

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Lit’s 10 Strongest Female Characters

Who are literature’s ten strongest female characters? Here’s my list.

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Being Right on Climate Is Not Enough

Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” helps us sort through some of the politics of climate change.

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