chapter  IX
The Turning-Point
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The days when Ibsen's plays were a sensation both on and off the stage are now past. This does not diminish their intrinsic value, it only puts them in a right perspective, which is all to the good. Ibsen the playwright has certainly withstood the test of time, and his contribution to the modern drama in general is beyond dispute. Like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Strindberg, Ibsen too was essentially a 'schizophrenic' modern. The power with which Ibsen the artist stated his personal dilemma in terms of universal values is the measure of his genius. It was through his art that some of the basic problems of human conscience have become flesh. This is why his work can hardly be ignored by a generation which has to face not only the social but also the spiritual havoc wrought by the two ghastliest wars in history.