History Theatre / Brand

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.
25th Oct '15 9:24:05 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* GiveMeASign: Invoked by Brand in the fourth act, because he knows he has to make Agnes snap out of her depression, but hasn´t the heart to do it himself. The beggar woman comes knocking soon after, and Brand interprets her as the sign he prayed for. Tragedy ensues.
25th Oct '15 9:13:32 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* WaifProphet: Gerd. Her first encouter with Brand at the end of the first act serves as a {{foreshadowing}} on what will happen at the end of the play.
17th Aug '15 9:24:16 PM phoenix
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* TheCorruption: Brand works really hard to avoid this. He firmly believes that the road to corruption goes through compromise, but screws up fatally because he equates this with ThePowerOfLove. His fear of TheCorruption leads him to a HolierThanThou solution, and Brand ends up ScrewedByDestiny anyway - although he essentially stays uncorrupted, he did not count for the fact that he may have been corrupted from the very beginning (because of his MommyIssues).

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* TheCorruption: Brand works really hard to avoid this. He firmly believes that the road to corruption goes through compromise, but screws up fatally because he equates this with ThePowerOfLove. His fear of TheCorruption leads him to a HolierThanThou solution, and Brand ends up ScrewedByDestiny anyway - although he essentially stays uncorrupted, he did not count for the fact that he may have been corrupted from the very beginning (because of his MommyIssues).FreudianExcuse).



* FreudianExcuse: Essentially a basic plot point. Brand has a FreudianExcuse of a magnitude that would have made Sigmund Freud weep with joy.



* MommyIssues: Essentially a basic plot point. Brand has MommyIssues of a magnitude that would have made Sigmund Freud weep with joy.
17th Jun '15 11:41:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** Brand starts out idealistic, but a sense of world-weariness grows in him during the play. Actually, he seems to be [[http://www.monologuearchive.com/i/ibsen_001.html sick of the world from the very beginning]], and keeps himself in check until the fifth act, when he snaps because he can´t take it anymore. {{Sliding scale of idealism versus cynicism}} could actually fit Brand´s development trope. His rebellion in the fifth act is, in fact just as much a {{over the edge}} moment for him as a social uprising.

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** Brand starts out idealistic, but a sense of world-weariness grows in him during the play. Actually, he seems to be [[http://www.monologuearchive.com/i/ibsen_001.html sick of the world from the very beginning]], and keeps himself in check until the fifth act, when he snaps because he can´t take it anymore. {{Sliding scale of idealism versus cynicism}} could actually fit Brand´s development trope. His rebellion in the fifth act is, in fact just as much a {{over over the edge}} edge moment for him as a social uprising.
16th Jun '15 3:06:20 PM StFan
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-->[[{{Metropolis}} Walks with crooked soul and back]],

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-->[[{{Metropolis}} -->[[Film/{{Metropolis}} Walks with crooked soul and back]],
5th Jun '15 11:58:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* CloudCuckoolander: Gerd, the beggar girl. She is also troped as {{the wild one}}. Tends to turn up when Brand is troubled, and has a fatal effect on him, several times. She is also the only one left to tend to him in the end.

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* CloudCuckoolander: Gerd, the beggar girl. She is also troped as {{the the wild one}}.one. Tends to turn up when Brand is troubled, and has a fatal effect on him, several times. She is also the only one left to tend to him in the end.



* RuleOfThree: The first act presents three characters, who sets Brand off on his first "quest": A farmer who wants him as a priest for his dying daughter, the painter Einar (and his fiancée Agnes), who lives on the light side, and finally Gerd, {{the wild one}}. All of them sides of life he wants to set straight: The dull (the farmer), the idle (the artist), and the wild one (the {{trope namer}}).

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* RuleOfThree: The first act presents three characters, who sets Brand off on his first "quest": A farmer who wants him as a priest for his dying daughter, the painter Einar (and his fiancée Agnes), who lives on the light side, and finally Gerd, {{the the wild one}}.one. All of them sides of life he wants to set straight: The dull (the farmer), the idle (the artist), and the wild one (the {{trope namer}}).
29th May '15 12:23:00 PM Eilevgmyhren
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** FridgeLogic: When a genki turns up, it seldom bodes well for the titular character.

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** FridgeLogic: When a genki turns up, up in an Ibsen play, it seldom bodes well for the titular character.
29th May '15 12:18:43 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* Catch22Dilemma: Agnes presents Brand with one at the end of the fourth act. He can recall the clothes of his dead son from the beggar mother (who definitely needs them for her freezing child), and thus break with his own principles. Alternatively, he and Agnes can follow the path they are on, but then, Agnes will die. Brand has to choose between his principles or the life of Agnes (a breach on his principles may possibly kill another child). He is quick to cross the DespairEventHorizon.
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