The insightful depth and complexity of his characters are undeniable. People always seem to want to label his characters as 'good' or 'bad', 'moral' or 'immoral', but their complicated personalities make such a generalization difficult. This is one of the things that most disturbed people at the time. Ibsen ignored simple definitions and brought forth the idea that all people are both good and bad. It’s this undeniable textual complexity that gives Ibsen his continued relevance and relevance for contemporary interpretive practices. This investigation proceeds from the understanding that the textual complexities of Ibsen’s work are ripe products for the application of post-structural critical practices. In many instances, Ibsen’s texts seem to anticipate later developments in modernism and post-modernism. In what has become a favoured example of Ibsen pointing the way forward for Modern developments there is the oft-quoted passage from Act 5 of Peer Gynt when the passenger states, “Peer Gynt can’t die in the middle of Act Five” (Ibsen, pg. 89). The post-structural deconstructive forces underlining foundational elements of Wild Duck are taken up in Section 2 of this examination.
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