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Leonard Shengold

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116106

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116106.001.0001

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“The Promise” and Ibsen's A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

“The Promise” and Ibsen's A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

(p.197) XIII “The Promise” and Ibsen's A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler
Haunted by Parents

Leonard Shengold

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the case of patient E, who sought treatment due to anxiety and depression. She complained of an almost constant feeling of dissatisfaction. She also called her vague but insistent—indeed almost delusional—expectation of a miraculous transformation by an external rescuer “the promise” (pronounced, as it were, in capital letters, in a tone of awe). the promise had been made and brought into being by her godlike father. It illustrates the quasi-delusion of the promise by presenting a précis (with comments) of Ibsen's prophetic and profound play A Doll's House (1879).

Keywords:   anxiety, depression, father, Ibsen

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