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Transcript of Realism&Naturalism
-Do you think that Nora will ever be able to achieve the "independence" that she left her husband for?
-Are there similarities between the gender roles today and of the time in which the play was written? QUESTION Do you believe that 'A Doll's House' is a good example of a realism themed play?
-Does the play truly depict "real life" and everyday events?
-Is the play believable?
-Do the characters resemble ordinary people? -Role of the Woman
Expected to put duties to husband and children before themselves
Expected to be the "ideal wife" -Role of the husband
Expected to financially support wife and family
Expected to be the dominant partner in the marriage Explores the Idea of Equal Rights Nora leaves her family to focus on her duties to herself Explores the Idea of Political Injustice The law does not consider motives
Women are unable to take loans, regardless of the situation Do you think props in this play helped present the idea of realism? What other props would you use or choose to help represent the idea of realism? What were some of the differences in how authors wrote in romanticism versus realism? 1. Focus on Real Life Events
Focused on relatable themes and more realistic situations
Big Castles and Grand locations were replaced small scale cozy settings
Modern society and modern life was played out, as opposed to the lives of kings, queens and noble men.
A Doll's House is a prime example of the use of relatable events --> Borrowing money and trying to pay it off.
2. Twisted Ending
Authors of realism felt as though the twists portrayed real life and how everything was spinning out of the regular people's control.
Portrayed in A Doll's House when Nora which a ending unforeseen by the audience
3. Detailed Directions and Descriptions
[THE SAME SCENE.—The Christmas Tree is in the corner by the piano, stripped of its ornaments and with
burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled branches. NORA's cloak and hat are lying on the sofa. She is alone
in the room, walking about uneasily. She stops by the sofa and takes up her cloak.] (Act II)
Enter DONA JOSEFA. A knock sounds at a hidden door. A second knock sounds
DONA JOSEFA. Is it him? So soon.
He’s knocking at the right door.
Quickly I’ll get it.(Act I) Therefore, realism was an absolutely new style of writing in the 19th century that shocked many and portrayed the real life events of everyday people. This fresh style used great symbolism through plain objects and introduced more realistic concepts into the world of drama and fantasy. Shocking and amazing the audience which watched it all unfold. What emotional effects resulted from this change in styles? Heredity Definition: the passing on of physical or mental characteristics genetically from one generation to another Since realism directly relates to real life, many everyday items were used as props in these types of plays Everyday, relatable settings helped the audience get involved more with the play