Henrik Ibsen: The Father Of Modern Drama

At a time when most of the world was busy creating entertainment and literature that was discussing building a family, and devoting your life to wealth and success, Henrik Ibsen was examining other more provocative topics. Henrik Ibsen lived from 1828 to 1906 and he chose to write plays, and poetry that looked in to the topics surrounding the guises that people wear to hide the truth. Some of his most notable works include the Emperor and Galilean, An Enemy of the People, and The Master Builder. Henrik Ibsen loved to tackle the idea that there was much more to the actions of people than might possibly meet the eye.

This legendary playwright and poet would frequently have his literary works performed. When the cast was working through the presentation of his material, Henrik Ibsen would take the role of a director. With a very specific idea in mind, he wanted to make sure that the non-traditional and provocative nature of his works was presented to the audience properly. The plays and other literature were created with the intent to get a reaction out of people, and to also expose the reality of the actions of people. It is believed that Henrik Ibsen was the influencing force on other writers including the likes of Oscar Wilde, Arthur Miller, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, and even Eugene O’Neill. During a modernist time, Henrik Ibsen made strides to introduce the world to a new way of thinking. Instead of taking the words of others as absolute fact, the writer insinuated and boldly claimed that one must consider motives and gains in the actions of others around them. There was a huge element of thinking introspectively that this writer wanted to convey to others.

As a playwright and poet, Henrik Ibsen made a huge impression on the world of literature. He really got the 1900’s off to a riveting start to pave the way for change and introspective literary works. Many people regard him as one of the most influential writers of his time, and still today people use him as inspiration for writing about ulterior motives, and self-reflection. Henrik Ibsen is one of the few artists who was actually well recognized in and through out his life. He was able to make a significant impact while he was living and his work still lives on in schools, and personal libraries in regards to modern drama today.