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The idealists are secretly discontent, but all the more vociferously do they clamor about the sanctity of marriage and monogamy; the realist sees that the institution is flawed and says so, much to the horror of the idealists. Shaw admits that the term “ideal” with its derivative “idealist” is problematic, since it can refer both to the mask which covers over the sordid reality and to what we would desire to have in its place. In point of fact, it would be better to call the realist an idealist since he longs to create a better world than the mendacious one that currently exists, and to call the idealists conventionalists.

You will end by infecting the whole country; you will bring about such a state of things that the whole country will deserve to be ruined. 25 For all his tenacity, moral conviction and heroism, Stockmann has the traits of the fanatic. He even imagines himself a kind of modern-day Christ, at the end of the play exhorting his children to find him twelve boys that he can educate as his disciples. In a remarkable book, Ibsen and Previsions of the Superman: The Quintessence of Ibsenism 41 Hitler: The Playwright, the Plagiarist, and the Plot for the Third Reich, the historian Steven F.

When Eliza accuses him of not caring for her he tells her that, on the contrary, “I care for life, for humanity; and you are a part of it” (vol. 1, 276). It is the collective, the organic whole that matters, and not each selfishly preoccupied individual. When Eliza is perplexed about why he has taken so much trouble over her, he replies “[heartily] Why, because it was my job,” and significantly queries: “Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble” (vol.

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