In his play “Ghosts”, Ibsen forces the reader to think about his own ideas and believes, as well as those of society and past ages. Symbolism is one technique repeatedly used to portray the author’s ideas through rain, light, fire, the orphanage, Oswald, and through Engstrand himself. The use of religion is also interesting in the way the town people and Pastor Mander uses it.
There are many symbols present throughout Ibsen’s work.
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I can judge” (253). In the society Ibsen creates, it is not God’s role to judge, but that of Manders and the other members of society.
Many ideas are presented in Ibsen’s play “Ghosts.” The use of symbolism, such as rain, light, fire, and characters illustrate various concepts involved throughout the play. Religion, and the misconceptual use of it by Manders and society, also illustrates the unusual scenes painted by Ibsen within the play.