BY: Dejanae and Cassandra Who am I?? Henrik was born on March, 20 th 1828 in Skien, Norway. He grew up in a small Norwegian costal town as the oldest of five children born to Knud and Marichen Ibsen. His father was a successful merchant and his mother painted, played the piano and loved to go to the theater. When he was 15 years old he stopped school and went to work; he landed a position as an apprentice in apothecary. He worked there for six years and used his free time to write poetry and paint. What did I do & When?? In 1849 ,he wrote his first play Catilina drama written in verse modeled after one of his greatest influence William Shakespeare; which failed to get much notice. In 1850, Ibsen moved to Christiania to prepare for university examinations of Christiania University. In 1851 ,Ibsen had a fateful encounter with theater manager Ole Bull, Bull liked Ibsen so much he offered him a job as a writer and manager for the Norwegian theater in Bergen. During a tour in Copenhagen and Dresden, in 1852, he seeked the strong influence of Herman Hettners as well as Scribe and Hebbel. In 1857, he returned to Christiania to run another theater there. People felt that he mismanaged the theater and called him an ouster. In 1862, he wrote Love’s Comedy it was a satirical look at marriage. Where?????????????? In Italy, he wrote Brand a five-act tragedy about a clergyman whose devotion to his faith costs him his family and ultimately his life. After this play he became famous in Scandinavia. Two years later he created one of his masterworks, Peer Gynt. In 1868, he moved to Germany where he saw his social drama The Pillars of Society first performed. This play launched his career and was soon followed up by his most famous work A Doll’s House. He then moved to Rome, where he developed a play in 1881, Ghosts, which stirred up controversy by tackling topics such as incest and venereal disease. This play was so intense that it wasn’t performed widely until two years later. Why he DIED and after In 1900 Ibsen had a series of strokes that left him unable to write. He managed to live several more years and died on May 23 1906. He is buried in the Cemetery of Our Saviour in Oslo, Norway. Even though Ibsen is gone his plays are still played around the world. Peer Gynt, A Doll’s House and Hebba Gabler are the most preformed today. What did you learn ? 1. When was Ibsen born? a) March 9, 1821 b) March 20 th, 1828 c) May 20 th, 1821 2. Where was he born? a) Skien, Norway b) Pairs, France c) Chicago, Illinois 3. How many siblings did he have? a) 3 b) 4 c) none 4. What was his mother’s hobbies? a) To Paint b) play piano c) go to the theater d) all of the above 5. What was the name of his first play? a) Ghosts b) Catilina c) Love’s comedy d) A Doll’s House Quiz 2 true/false 6. Ibsen was also a chief. 7. He went to Rome, Italy, and Germany. 8. He had 8 stokes and died. 9. He died March 23, 1909. 10. He died in Oslo, Norway.