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Illusions and Realities in Ibsen's Plays The Wild Duck and Ghosts At Ibsen's The Wild Duck, illusions and reality are put to a battle within the story of a son's personal desire to face idealism. Throughout much of the drama, the son, Greger, argues the value of truth with the unwilling Dr. Relling. Relling insists upon the value of illusions, but neglects to dissuade Greger's intentions and a play that starts as a comedy quickly turns into a catastrophe due to these conflicts. At the heart of the illusions in this play are the ways which individuals assume many roles in a family, impersonating numerous ideals as a method for managing their relationships. This theme of impersonation is also developed in Ibsen's Ghosts, where family relations are slowly undone since the illusions and deceptions are stripped away. In both plays, deceptions are strategic and designed to protect the kids from the pains and struggles of the families' histories. Finally, in such plays, families are held together by illusions, yet torn apart by truths that have been concealed to protect the children. From The Wild Duck, as Relling proceeds to discourage Greger from showing destructive truths about family secrets, Relling insists, "If you remove make-believe from the average person, you take away joy as well" (Ibsen, 294). Relling is referring to the ways the Ekdal family is structured on particular deceptions; nonetheless, these are made to protect the innocent as well as the guilty. Hedvig, the fourteen year-old daughter, represents one of those innocents, and Greger's father, Old Werle, represents a part of the guilty side. The key to these dualisms of truth and false, innocent and guilty, illusion and reality, is based in...