1. The horrible fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, which usually ended with a kid dying
2. The Wonderful Adventure of Nils, about a boy who visits every single one of Sweden's 25 provinces.
3. A Doll House, about a woman in an unhappy marriage
4. The Growth of the Soil, about a married couple trying to eke out a living on sparse ground.
Wait -- I could be reading The Lord of the Rings instead of this stuff, or parked in front of the tv watching Chips.
write a paper analyzing it.
Ok, here's my analysis: Peer Gynt is an irreverent rapscallion, like Tom Jones, whose adventures mostly involve sex with women. After having sex with the sister of his true love Solveig, plus three dairy maids and a mysterious Lady in Green, Peer ends up in the Hall of the Mountain King, a haven of trolls.
The troll king offers to scratch his eye so that he can see clearly, know things as they are, but Peer refuses and runs away. After many adventures as a brigand and a businessman, he returns home, elderly and bitter, and reunites with his true love Solveig on her death bed.
The answer is the same as in Pippin: men don't aspire, don't dream, and certainly don't try to see things as they are. They stay home and marry women, meekly accepting their destiny in job, house, wife, and kids. They aren't gay.
I got a B-.
In spite of my antipathy, Peer Gynt is very popular. There have been at least 20 film and television versions in French, German, Norwegian, Dutch, English, and Hungarian. Versions with street people as performers, with Peer as a young boy, with Peer as a hillbilly.
A 1941 student film had a very young Charleton Heston (future star of Ben Hur) as Peer Gynt (top photo)
There was a 1960 cartoon called Peer Gynt's Adventures in Arabia.
The 2006 tv movie was set in modern times. Robert Stadlober played a gay character in Summer Storm, but his performance was still entirely heterosexist.
Plus many stage versions and ballets.
There's a Peer Gynt festival every year in Vinstra, Norway, featuring a performance of the play next to Lake Gala, where Grieg found his inspiration.