How do images of light and dark function in the play?
What motivates Regina?
In what ways is Mrs. Alving a radical?
What is "the joy of life"?
Explain Mrs. Alving's attitude toward Pastor Manders.
Suggested Essay Topics
What is revealed in the way each character has of speaking?
Does Oswald love his mother? Does he use her?
Do you think Ibsen believed in "the joy of life," or does he poke fun at it through Oswald's crazy ramblings?
Why is the play called Ghosts? Is Oswald a ghost? Why might "filial piety" be called a ghost?
List five things Mrs. Alving does in order to maintain her husband's good reputation.
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