Document Type


Date of Award



Ibsen, Henrik, Schnitzler, Arthur, Truth in literature

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Comparative Literature

First Advisor

Haskell M. Block

Second Advisor

George E. Wellwarth

Third Advisor

Robert O. Weiss


When examining Ibsen's and Schnitzler's dramas the major question is what is the dramatic impact that the revelation of truth has on the characters. Thus our study will be directed toward considering the purpose of and the reason for the need of truth. What effect, we must ask, does the lack of the knowledge of truth have on the characters? Similarly, what effect does knowledge of the truth have on them Finally, why are the characters unable to attain truth? If these questions are considered in relation to the action of the drama, much can be learned about its framework and about both authors’ treatment of truth.