History Theatre / Brand

9th Nov '16 10:59:09 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Brand, daring what everybody else thinks is impossible. He braves unsafe ice in the first act, deemed to crack at the weight of a man, and later, he braves a wild storm in a nutshell of a boat. Both times, he does this [[IncrediblyLamePun for the sole purpose of saving souls]]. So, yes, he is a {{badass preacher}} if nothing else.
** When Agnes decides to get in the boat with him, she shows herself to be [[ActionGirl equally badass]].



* GenreDeconstruction: Brand is arguably {{the hero}}, and even lampshades his own heroic efforts. His view of God is also a rather heroic one ([[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules]] lookalike and old testament {{Badass}}). But Ibsen would not have been Ibsen if he did not at least try to deconstruct the hero tropes. And seemingly Brand does not fit his actual environment at all, and his larger than life visions is almost, but not quite, lost on his fellow men. If not, someone with actual power is there to stop him. Hence, tragedy ensues.

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* GenreDeconstruction: Brand is arguably {{the hero}}, and even lampshades his own heroic efforts. His view of God is also a rather heroic one ([[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules]] lookalike and old testament {{Badass}}).badass). But Ibsen would not have been Ibsen if he did not at least try to deconstruct the hero tropes. And seemingly Brand does not fit his actual environment at all, and his larger than life visions is almost, but not quite, lost on his fellow men. If not, someone with actual power is there to stop him. Hence, tragedy ensues.



* {{Muggles}}: The greater lot of the cast. Notably, Brand gets their attention when he goes {{badass}} in the second act. They end up {{useful idiot}}s in the fifth act, and then become canon fodder at the end of the play because the author willed it so...

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* {{Muggles}}: The greater lot of the cast. Notably, Brand gets their attention when he goes {{badass}} badass in the second act. They end up {{useful idiot}}s in the fifth act, and then become canon fodder at the end of the play because the author willed it so...
1st Nov '16 1:27:58 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Brand is left alone in the mountains, to cope with TheDarkSide all by himself. He actually pisses it off, and is left alone, to eventually be comforted by Gerd.
22nd Oct '16 9:35:17 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* NotListeningToMeAreYou: After their first meeting with Brand, Agnes reacts with StunnedSilence, while Einar tries to shrug it off. He tries to direct her attention towards the sea and the skyline, and their further plans, in a short, but quite beautiful monologue. At the end of it, he tries to adress her more directly, asking her if she saw anything at all. She answers with a distracted "yes, but did you notice..." clearly lost in the words of Brand. The first sign that Einar is about to lose her forever.
6th Oct '16 3:56:05 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** When Brand resists TheFinalTemptation, and the being in question leaves with a scream, Gerd shows up immeditely afterwards, and asks him if he "saw the hawk", and Brand states that he just saw it flee. Moments before that, Brand stated that "it" left like a hawk. LampshadeHanging if ever there was one.

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** When Brand resists TheFinalTemptation, and the being in question leaves with a scream, Gerd shows up immeditely immediately afterwards, and asks him if he "saw the hawk", and Brand states that he just saw it flee. Moments before that, Brand stated that "it" left like a hawk. LampshadeHanging if ever there was one.
6th Oct '16 3:55:27 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** When Brand resists the FinalTemptation, and the being in question leaves with a scream, Gerd shows up immeditely afterwards, and asks him if he "saw the hawk", and Brand states that he just saw it flee. Moments before that, Brand stated that "it" left like a hawk. LampshadeHanging if ever there was one.

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** When Brand resists the FinalTemptation, TheFinalTemptation, and the being in question leaves with a scream, Gerd shows up immeditely afterwards, and asks him if he "saw the hawk", and Brand states that he just saw it flee. Moments before that, Brand stated that "it" left like a hawk. LampshadeHanging if ever there was one.
6th Oct '16 3:54:33 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** When Brand resists the FinalTemptation, and the being in question leaves with a scream, Gerd shows up immeditely afterwards, and asks him if he "saw the hawk", and Brand states that he just saw it flee. Moments before that, Brand stated that "it" left like a hawk. LampshadeHanging if ever there was one.


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* FeatheredFiend: The entity Gerd is tracking, which turn out to be the EldritchAbomination constantly pestering Brand.
9th Aug '16 5:02:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* IronicEcho: The reception of the play, echoing the way Brand himself gets trashed in the fifth act, by the very elite Ibsen tried to rail against (In {{Norway}}, who was the butt of Ibsen`s ironic treatment).

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* IronicEcho: The reception of the play, echoing the way Brand himself gets trashed in the fifth act, by the very elite Ibsen tried to rail against (In {{Norway}}, UsefulNotes/{{Norway}}, who was the butt of Ibsen`s ironic treatment).
3rd Jul '16 2:19:33 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* BlatantLies: Brand´s mother tells him she has toiled for her money with sweat and tears her entire life. Brand tells her quite clearly she didn´t - she robbed her father for the entire fortune on his deathbed.
** On a symbolical level, she ''did'' give her life away to this man (sweat, tears and everything), but that did not imply the literal fortune, which she, as a married woman, had no right to own while he lived.
30th Apr '16 3:14:18 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Brand in the fifth act, having a soliloqui on the subject of pollution, among other things. He goes in detail on the "[[IndustrialRevolution black british coal dust]]" [[PollutedWasteland embracing the country]]. And some hundred-odd years later, the problems of acid rain came to Norway as a dire consequence of british coal burning.
-->[[FridgeHorror Direr visions, worse foreboding]],
-->Glare upon me through the gloom !
-->Britain s smoke-cloud sinks corroding
-->On the land in noisome fume ;
-->Smirches all its tender bloom,
-->All its gracious verdure dashes,
-->Sweeping low with breath of bane,
-->Stealing sunlight from the plain,
-->Showering down like rain of ashes
-->On the city of God s doom.
** The entire soliloquy is a brilliant example of {{nightmare fuel}}.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The play was originally meant as a narrative epic, nicknamed the "epic Brand" by scholars. The work was never finished, but gives away some extra clues on the character.
20th Dec '15 4:15:55 PM MagBas
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** This soliloqui is often dropped, by the way. Although {{it makes sense in context}}, one might spot som {{unfortunate implications}} if interpreted the wrong way.
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