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A Doll's House
Transcript of A Doll's House
A Doll's House,
lead of the Modern Drama movement. He introduced realism to drama.
Modern Drama is a Western literature movement that developed in the late 1800s. It uses realism and relatable experiences and situations that are accessible to most audiences. The stories often convey broader themes about life or humanity that were often critical of society.
The Modern Drama
How A Doll's House is a Problem Play
A Doll's House is a problem play about imbalance of power between genders. Ibsen conveys the issue of gender equality to the audience through the perspective of the protagonist, Nora. In the first scene, it is obvious that Nora is controlled by her husband, but at the end of the play, she runs away from her home to gain freedom. By dealing with with financial matters, and leaving her husband, Nora shows agency that Victorian women didn't have. By showing Nora's realization and then rejection of the oppressive nature of her marriage, Ibsen brings the broader issue of inequality of gender to the audience's attention.
The Social Significance of A Doll's House
It showed how the society had double standards at the time and how low of a value the women had if they didn't have a good marriage and were successful in their expectations of the time. The prejudice of the people and the corruption that surrounded them made it difficult for women to have a voice. That created a change in women's perspective and they started aspiring to obtain more rights and have a higher voice in society.
What is a Problem Play
A problem play is a type of drama that deals with socially controversial topics in a realistic way to generate thought and discussion from the audience and expose social problems.
The works of the Henrik Ibsen were considered the highest point in the genre of problem play, considered at the time artistic and relevant. His work A Doll’s House portrays a woman’s escape from her childish, submissive role as a bourgeois wife.
The Modern Drama
A Doll's House
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