ibsenism in a sentence
- Among many American writers professing a direct debt to Shaw, Eugene O'Neill became an admirer at the age of seventeen, after reading " The Quintessence of Ibsenism ".
- Whatever else Ibsenism did for the feminist cause, it certainly gave women some of the best parts in dramatic literature since Shakespeare, and none is more complicated than the pistol-packing daughter of General Gabler.
- Shaw devotes the piece largely to a discussion of Ibsen's recurring topic of the strong character holding out against social hypocrisy, while acknowledging in his essay's final sentence that the quintessence of Ibsenism is that " there is no formula ".
- One unfortunate Ibsenism that remains is Wangel's constant references to him directly as " Master Builder, " which carries echoes of the " Master Thespian " skit on " Saturday Night Live, " particularly because Christopher McCann delivers his lines with a formality bordering on pretentiousness.
- "Salesman " has been debunked as a didactic commentary on the bankruptcy of the American dream of success, while Miller has been dismissed as an epigone of Ibsenism, a preachy, pompous and, yes, portentous writer who belongs, like Clifford Odets and Lillian Hellman, to a middlebrow, pre-modernist past.
- In particular, he blames decades of slavish imitation of Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov, not only because their styles had become hackneyed and arthritic ( Ibsen, himself, had abandoned " Ibsenism " after only a decade ), but because they were created by and for an intelligentsia, and no thriving theatrical culture has ever been built that way, citing the case of William Shakespeare " vs . " the school of John Lyly, among others.