Most artists use situations or materials from around them as inspiration. Ibsen was no exception to this when he wrote his play “Pillars of the Community”. Born into a well to do shipping family similar to Karsten Bernicks’ family in the Norwegian village of Skien, Ibsens’ father eventually lost the family fortune and turned to alcohol. Ibsen saw his mother suffer from her husbands financial situation as well as the alcoholism and she always remained in his eyes to be a victim in his family . When I read through the play the first time I had the sense that there was something that Ibsen was working through. While I’m sure that it was not a autobiographical play, there were many strong scenes that rang true. As though the reader was there.
I think he was.