PEER GYNT?

Peer Gynt is celebrated in the folk legends of old Norway, and even if you have not heard of him, it is almost certain that you carry in your memory some fragments of music associated with his fame, for he has been made the subject of a very fine opera by Grieg. This famous character, who represents the tragic failure of restless ambition unrelieved by spirituality, has been immortalised by Ibsen, the Norwegian dramatist, in his dramatic poem " Peer Gynt." A sensualist and a man of overwhelming arrogance, Peer Gynt wanders over the surface of the earth experiencing many adventures, indulging in much licence, but without attaining to the happiness of his dreams until he returns, wearied and disenchanted, to the mistress he deserted years before, and at long last discovers love. Peer Gynt is a kind of northern Faust, and if you should happen to see his name used in an allegorical sense, you will know that the author's intention is to depict a man eaten up with restlessness, whose only chance of salvation lies in the finding of love.