chapter  XIII
Empty Heights
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However static Little Eyolf may appear on the surface, it still remains one of Ibsen's most carefully thought out and worked out plays. Apart from the calamity at the end of the first act, there are no happenings in it-only discussions and conversations. This does not prevent it, however, from being as rich in content and ideas as it is intense in psychology. In the centre is again the motif of human responsibility, round which there are grouped a few other Ibsenian dilemmas. These are arranged in such a way as to express all the more powerfully the nature of the inner change, undergone by Alfred and Rita Allmers after the loss of their only son Eyolf.