Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Antagonism in the Tragic Plays of Ibsen and Sartre: Self-Love and the Antagonist
by Moon, Mi Kyung, M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 2019, 120; 13880447
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis will argue that the personal values of the playwright helped shape the antagonist in the modern tragedies of Henrik Ibsen and Jean-Paul Sartre.

In this thesis, I demonstrate a common sociological or philosophical idea shared by antagonists in two pairs of plays. In Chapter 1, I analyze the antagonist as a helper in the plays An Enemy of the People by Ibsen and Dirty Hands by Sartre. These antagonists are Realists who help Idealist protagonists achieve their goals. In Chapter 2, I analyze female antagonists from The Master Builder by Ibsen and The Devil and the Good Lord by Sartre based on concepts of objectification derived from feminist theory. All four antagonists share the same characteristic: selbstliebe, or self-love.

By comparing antagonists to these playwrights’ lives, I deduce that the antagonist in Ibsen and Sartre is constructed out of their personal opinions on philosophy and gender.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bisaha, David, Walkling, Andrew
Commitee: Wolfe, Barbara E., Hawkes, Laura, Brady, Anne M., Kremer, Thomas F.
School: State University of New York at Binghamton
Department: Theatre
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theater, Philosophy, Sociology
Keywords: An Enemy of the People, Dirty Hands, Ibsen, Henrik , Sartre, Jean-Paul , The Devil and the Good Lord, The Master Builder
Publication Number: 13880447
ISBN: 9781085602495
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