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A Doll's House

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Transcript of A Doll's House

A Doll's House
Tone and Mood
The play shifts in tone from the beginning to the end of the play.
The beginning: fake, happy, cute, unrealistic
The end: realistic, serious, independent
The mood shift from comforting to joyful.
The beginning: I felt warmth because it's cozy during Christmas time.
The end: I was happy and excited for Nora tof ind her independence as a woman ion the 19th century.
The play really took place in one area which was the living room of Torvald's and Nora's house. In the beginning of Act I we are introduced to the setting in detail that its, " A comfortable room, furnished inexpensively, but with taste... there is carpet on the floor, and the stove is lit. It is a winter day" (Ibsen).

The reader immediately sense a mood of warmth and comfort, it also around Christmas time so things are delightful right now at this point in the play.
Brief Summary
The main characters are Torvald and Nora Helmer, a married couple. Nora is considered to be Torvald's doll because she is a beauty without the brains and that's how she is treated. The reader sees that their marriage would be noting without Nora beauty when...

Nora says that "One day I might, yes. Many years from now, when I’ve lost my looks a little. Don’t laugh. I mean, of course, a time will come when Torvald is not as devoted to me, not quite so happy when I dance for him, and dress for him, and play with him" (Ibsen).

"Nora takes a chance to show her worth when Torvald gets sick by secretly signing a loan agreement with Nils Krogstad to pay for Torvald's medical expencies. Nils gets paranoid that Trovald will find out and fire him once Torvald becomes manager so he threatens to black mail Nora unless she convinces Torvald to stay working for the bank. Torvald takes the opportunity to become manager and he discovers what Nora did. By the way Torvald treats her she notices that their love isn't real and shes nothing more than a Doll to him. Nora yearns to be filled with substance by finding her self but it's out of the norm for a woman to think independently in this time period" (Haller).

Exemplified life experiences
As in
A Doll's House
the theme of suicide relates to Ibsen's life. It has been said that Ibsen himself suffered from depression and at times contemplated suicide; because of this,"societal breakdown, stereotypes, class struggle and issues of morality dominate his characters" (Merriiman).
Finding your own identity.

By: Henrik Ibsen
Historical Background
A Doll's House
was published in Norway in 1879. The first stage production was in Stockholm, in 1880.Ibsen’s influence on twentieth century drama was twofold and the response was "electric" because the book spoke for feminist across the world and was contradictory to his time period (Kashdan).

Nora, is a dynamic character that first represents the norm female model in a 19th century society until later on in the play she seeks independence.

It is interesting that Ibsen was not a feminist, "he did no more than try to describe the problems as he saw them; he did not attempt to solve them" (Kashdan).
NORA: Rarely is Nora considered to possess a solid thought, and at one point she states, "that everything she thinks seems silly and insignificant; her husband is pleased that she has acknowledged this fact. She states that her father treated her as a doll-daughter and her husband treats her as a doll- wife" (Haller).
LINDE: "Up to the time she arrives at Nora's home, Linde's identity was made up of being a caretaker to her mother and a provider for her two younger brothers as well as a wife to a man whom she did not love but married for the sake of financial assistance in caring for her family" (Haller).
KROGSTAD: "Krogstad has spent the years since he spent time in jail attempting to regain his reputation, and he is dependent upon his blackmail of Nora to guarantee his standing through retaining his position at the bank" (Haller).
Another key character
TROVALD: Torvald is a (stereo)typical nineteenth century male.

"Torvald’s explosive reaction to Krogstad’s letter shows Nora that the man for whom she was willing to sacrifice her life, the man capable of “the miracle,” is a fiction. Discovering that he is self-centered, petty, and unfeeling, she can no longer love him. To challenge his outmoded ideas about marriage, she becomes a rebel and informs him that she is leaving him and the children. When he admonishes her that she is duty bound to remain, she says that she has discovered a higher duty: her duty to herself. She exits, slamming the door on a bewildered Torvald, which exemplifies the hoe clueless Torvald actually was and our culture at the time" (Jacobs).

The publics viewof Torvald's reputation is so important to him that its the public view that gives him identity instead of having a true identity based off who you are at heart.

Works Cited
Haller, Elizabeth K. "A Doll's House." McClinton-Temple, Jennifer ed.
Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.
Haller, Elizabeth K. "Identity in A Doll's House." McClinton-Temple,
Jennifer ed. Encyclopedia Of Themes in Literature. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 21 Oct. 2014
Ibsen, Henrik, and Peter Watts. A Doll's House. 1965. Print.
Jacobs, Barry. "A Doll's House." Http://web.b.ebscohost.com. Web. 22
Oct. 2014.
Kashdan, Joanne. "A Doll's House." Web. 22 Oct. 2014.
Merriman, C.D. "Henrik Ibsen." - Biography and Works. Search Texts,
Read Online. Discuss. Web. 21 Oct. 2014.

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