Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
This discovery ultimately changes the entire direction of where Regina had hoped her life would go, however, Regina’s determination to change the direction of her life when all had seemed lost is very strong and motivating. She declares that she cannot stay in the countryside and wear herself out “looking after invalids” and takes the next step in declaring her independence and securing her future by hoping to seek Mr. Manders’s guidance once she leaves the Alving household (Ibsen 54). All in all, the sudden information given to Regina in a brief time changes the entire course of her life and where she wants it to lead to. Regina’s vision of a perfect life which she had held up to such high standards comes to a disappointing halt when she discovers that she could not marry her half brother and therefore, live a perfect, carefree life. Regina remains headstrong and fluidly takes measures to rebuild her life in hopes of attaining the “joy of life” (Ibsen 54).
On the other hand, Helene Alving is one example of the upper class gentry in Norway in the late 1800’s. According to one newspaper source interviewing Henrik Ibsen, her personality and inquisitive nature is similar to that of Ibsen’s in that he “consistently