English 401
The Faust Theme


English 401
The Faust Theme

Study Guide

Unit 3  Ibsen's Peer Gynt

Learning Objectives

Actor Henrik Klausen

Actor Henrik Klausen as “Peer Gynt”, 1876, Wikimedia (public domain).

  1. Describe Peer's strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
  2. Define the significance of the Boyg.
  3. Discuss the significance of the Faustian references.
  4. Identify the Troll philosophy and state why it is attractive to Peer.
  5. Define Solveig's main personality traits, and identify her role in Peer's attainment of self-fulfillment.
  6. Determine the significance of the statement, “To become oneself means to slay one's self."
  7. Identify the functions of the Stranger, the Button Moulder, and the Thin One.