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Henrik Ibsen | Biography, Plays, & Facts | Britannica


“Henrik Johan Ibsen was born on 20 March 1828 in Stockmanngården into an affluent merchant family in the prosperous port town of Skien in Bratsberg. He was the son of the merchant Knud Plesner Ibsen (1797–1877) and Marichen Cornelia Martine Altenburg (1799–1869). Both parents’ belonged to the city’s and county’s elite; Ibsen’s ancestors were primarily merchants and shipowners in large cities, or members of the “aristocracy of officials” of Upper Telemark.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Ibsen#Family_and_childhood)

“The productive life of Ibsen is conveniently divided into three periods: the first ending in 1877 with the successful appearance of The Pillars of Society; the second covering the years in which he wrote most of the dramas of protest against social conditions, such as Ghosts; and the third marked by the symbolic plays, The Master Builder and When We Dead Awaken.” (https://www.theatredatabase.com/19th_century/henrik_ibsen_001.html#:~:text=The%20productive%20life%20of%20Ibsen,marked%20by%20the%20symbolic%20plays%2C)

“Ibsen was decorated Knight in 1873, Commander in 1892, and with the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav in 1893. He received the Grand Cross of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog, and the Grand Cross of the Swedish Order of the Polar Star, and was Knight, First Class of the Order of Vasa.”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Ibsen#Family_and_childhood)

“Literary elements Ibsen excelled in are symbolism, dramatic irony, and deception” (https://sites.google.com/site/henrikibsenlc1/two-literary-elements-he-is-known-to-excel-in-and-the-major-theme-of-most-of-his-plays)

Map of Norway | RailPass.com

Norway is cold and icy.

“The economy of Norway is a highly developed mixed economy with state-ownership in strategic areas. Norway is a constitutional hereditary monarchy” (https://www.britannica.com/place/Norway/Government-and-society)

“Norway folk music, also influenced by the Vikings, has an unbroken tradition in that it has been passed down to each generation for hundreds of years. “(https://www.tripsavvy.com/culture-of-norway-illustrated-1626653)
June 20, 1837 – January 22, 1901(https://www.history.com/topics/19th-century/victorian-era-timeline)
Victorian England “was a strictly patriarchal society” (Yildirim 2). It is common knowledge that during the Victorian era men and women had their own specific roles. It is also common knowledge to know that men had complete legal and economical control over the women (Mitchell 1, 142).
The ideal Victorian woman was pure, chaste, refined, and modest. This ideal was supported by etiquette and manners. The etiquette extended to the pretension of never acknowledging the use of undergarments
Modern feminism: “issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. ” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_feminism)
19th century feminism:

“The spearheads of the women’s movement were equality in education, labor and electoral rights.” (https://institute-genderequality.org/news-publications/feminism/feminism-19th century/)

“Women in the Victorian society had one main role in life, which was to marry and take part in their husbands’ interests and business” (https://www.mckendree.edu/academics/scholars/issue18/appell.htm#:~:text=Women%20in%20the%20Victorian%20society,were%20of%20a%20wealthy%20family.)
I don’t even need to search it up to know that men had was in charge of earning money, making decisions and the woman was in charge of chores and taking care of children.
Women of lower social class had to work in factories. Women of higher social class are exposed to more education.
“a set of dramatic and theatrical conventions with the aim of bringing a greater fidelity of real life to texts and performances (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(theatre)#:~:text=Realism%20in%20the%20theatre%20was,life%20to%20texts%20and%20performances.)

Realism came about partly as a response to these new social / artistic conditions. The “movement” began in France and by 1860 had some general precepts:

    1. truth resides in material objects we perceived to all five senses; truth is verified through science
    2. the scientific method—observation—would solve everything
    3. human problems were the highest were home of science” (https://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/spd130et/realism.htm#:~:text=Realism%20came%20about%20partly%20as,method%E2%80%94observation%E2%80%94would%20solve%20everything)

“A focus on ‘real life’ The theatre of Realism investigated and spoke about real people in everyday situations, dealing with common problems. …An emphasis on behavior and tough decisions. …Believable dialogue. …Common everyday settings.” (https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/what-were-main-features-theatre-realism-339642)

Klassische Schullektüre, Nora oder Ein Puppenheim: Ibsen, Henrik, Hintze,  Joachim: 9783464121108: Amazon.com: Books


TOK Political Compass Reflection

I do not consider myself political as some of the answers I chose on the political compass test were very wrong. I got below average in accuracy, however it should be kept in mind that I was unaware that the answers were going to be graded as factually correct or not. I guess I am mostly centered, maybe slightly towards the right but I take workers rights very seriously and other such issues. I am heavily biased against America but I am strongly aware of that. Being political to mean means to have some strong involvement in politics such as voting or running as a candidate. Of course I am involved with it, but I believe the degree of my involvement does not make me political. Not political, many of nature’s phenomena are not. I feel that it is very important to be aware of what is currently going on as it can have a heavy impact on you and the people around you such as China and the US relationship, coronavirus etc. Also it is.a great form of communication with parents. I believe that the US news is really important right now as it is influencing my decision to apply to colleges in the united states.

English Course Reflection

My ability to read and analyze texts has improved over the portion of the course as now I can identify techniques and purpose of non-literary texts and literary texts more easily. My writing skills remained mostly the same. My speaking during the IO was, in my opinion, quite fluent but it seems that it might have been too fast  for it to be really effective. I need to speak slower in the future. I think I demonstrated the most growth in thinking because I can now better connect techniques that an author used to its purpose, but I still need to put more work into this area. I think that the attribute I grew the most in is Thinker because I am getting better at analyzing medias. I can improve by becoming more knowledgable. Moving forward, I want to spend more time doing practice paper 1’s and reading outside of class.

Oral Reflection

I focused on the global issue of cultural assimilation. The extract that I analyzed was the graphic novel American Born Chinese. I focused on the authorial choices, symbolism, dialogue and structure. I think I made some decent connections between certain events. I feel like I could’ve cut down on some of my content and also focused on more visual elements other than symbolism. I could’ve spent more time solidifying and improving my ideas rather than practicing as practice is good but I became so familiar with what I was going to say through constant practice that my pace might’ve been too fast and it was almost like memorizing. Therefore, I will cut down on some of my content, take more time going through my idea, and spend less time practicing the next time we are tasked with an oral

Kendrick Lemar first impression

What do these songs seem to be about?

One of the main themes I identified in many of the songs in the album is identity. His songs like “DNA” and “BLOOD” almost seems as if they represent the more violent and dark sides of his identity, and even partially reflects refer to his experiences in life relating to these darker characteristics. These songs then emphasizes social issues that he experiences due to his identity.

What makes these songs unique?

These songs are unique as the lyrics are very elaborate and deep. The rhythm in itself is very enjoyable but unlike other songs, the words that he is saying cannot be understood just through his music but only through separate analyzation. Not only aesthetic.

Techniques within the song

I noticed that each song are in slang. Which first appeals to many of his target audiences. It also conveys how the meaning in his songs come from the songs themselves and not just the lyrics. He also uses a lot of symbolism, such as certain objects and actions represent certain aspects of the human nature.

Honestly, my favorite song has to be DNA because it was used in the movie Creed about a young African American boxer, which I really enjoyed.

Ignorance is Bliss Debate Reflection

The TOK debate during Monday’s lesson was on the topic of whether Ignorance is bliss. The “for” side’s motive is to argue that Ignorance is bliss while the “against” side’s motive is to argue that Ignorance is not bliss, I was on the “against” side.

The main arguments to the “for” side was that ignorance can cause pressure and anxiety to members of society during decision making; trauma to children and young adults; and there are times when the action one takes after knowing something caused harm to the person that could’ve been avoided if that person simply remained ignorant. The claim that ignorance can cause pressure was supported by the example that when people make important decisions, they are better off not knowing about the result of the decision, as knowing the result could possibly cause pressure and or stress for that person. The claim that ignorance can cause trauma for children and young adults is supported by the example of children who’s parents are prostitutes and are mentally harmed by the early exposure to the concept of fornication, prostitution and etc. Finally, the claim there are times when the action one takes after knowing something caused harm to the person that could’ve been avoided is supported with the example of Ying Zheng (Qin Shi Huang). If Ying Zheng did not know about the folklore of the elixir of immortality, he would’t have tried to create and drink it, which caused him to consume mercury and live only a short life. An additional interesting point was how placebo’s can actually positively benefit patients while they have no medical affect. This shows that sometimes that positive ignorance can positively alter reality.

There were two main argument for the against side. The first argument is that Ignorance only leads to bliss for the individual but leads to pain and misery to a collective whole. The statement was supported by coronavirus and the world wars, and how millions died do to the ignorant actions of individuals. The second argument is that even though Ignorance could be bliss, the debate is on the statement, ignorance is bliss. Therefore, if ignorance is not bliss even in a single situation, then the statement is false. The against side rebutted the placebo claim by saying that patients were under manipulation and not ignorance, therefore the positive affects aren’t caused by ignorance. The against side also addresses that ignorance can cause stress and that in certain situations it is definitely more blissful to be unaware of an event. However, just because ignorance under some contexts are blissful, does not equate ignorance to bliss.

The rebuttal of the “for” was basically saying that the examples of war and pandemics are cases that are extreme. Therefore, they shouldn’t be used to represent ignorance as a whole.

Even though the “for” team had some decent claims, the opposing side still won as stated that if ignorance is not bliss even in a single situation, then ignorance is not blissful, which is what the against team is arguing for.