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Border Crossings: The Journal of Japanese-Language Literature Studies 2020;10(1): 12-26.
doi: https://doi.org/10.22628/bcjjl.2020.10.1.12
From Brain Text to the Final Draft :On Ibsen’s Ethical Choices in Pillars of Society
Hui Su1, Hui Xiong2
1Professor, Central China Normal University
2Associate Professor, Jiangxi Normal University
From Brain Text to the Final Draft ―― On Ibsen’s Ethical Choices in Pillars of Society
苏晖1, 熊卉2
2江西師範大学外国語学院副教授、華中師範大 学博士候補者
Correspondence  Hui Su ,Email: suhuichina@163.com
Hui Xiong ,Email: elainexiong0116@sina.com
Published online: 30 June 2020.
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This paper focuses on the four drafts of Henrik Ibsen’s play Pillars of Society as a manifestation of his brain text and his ethical choices, two key terms in Ethical Literary Criticism. By discussing the revisions in each draft, the paper investigates Ibsen’s ethical choices through the process of “decoding” his brain text via the written text. The dynamic interconnection between ethical choice and brain text is also embodied in his characters’ development, for example in Karsten Bernick’s inner conflict between his rational and irrational will. The purpose of this paper is to identify Ibsen’s ethical concerns evidenced in each revision, including the relationship between the individual and society, the concept of the ethical public, and the status of women in their relationship with men. The paper posits that in discussing these issues, Ibsen emphasizes the importance of the individual pursuit of freedom, reveals the ugly side of society and affirms the role of women, which is congruous with the moral teaching of the play.
Keywords: Henrik Ibsen, Pillars of Society, Brain Text, Ethical Choices

キ―ワ―ド: ヘンリック·イプセン, 社会の柱, ブレーン·テキスト, 倫理的選択
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