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Doll's House

By: David Huang, Kaitlyn Li, Jamie Lee, Jeff Zhang, Harold Lu and Mark Ren

Mark Ren

on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of Doll's House

1879 "A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with a judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view." Topic 1: In what ways do time and setting have to do with the story? Question 2: What was easy to understand and what was difficult in relation to social and cultural context and issues? Question 3: Question 4: What aspects of technique are interesting in the work? What kind of atmosphere do you believe the Christmas season created, and how did it affect your perception of the themes in the play? Family was
of the utmost
importance. peacefulness happiness joy In your opinion, what does New Year’s and Christmas symbolize? REBIRTH RENEWAL Which characters do you think go through a kind of rebirth? Krogstad Christine “How would it be if two shipwrecked people could join forces"; “Two on the same piece of wreckage would stand a better chance than each on their own.” Torvald Nora “There must be freedom on both sides. See, here is your ring back. Give me mine.” “I have changed my things now.” -Nora -Nora -Christine Which places in the house do you guys think is the most important background in the play? What about how the living room is furnished? Do you guys think that has any significance to the play? “furnished comfortably and tastefully but not extravagantly” narrator How do you think Ibsen's A Doll's House affected the feminism movement in Europe? The First Wave of Feminism 1840's 1890 1879 "woman status considered as incapable" Ibsen's A Doll's House along with other pieces of Norwegian Literature influence the rise of feminism. in Norway Women gain the vote in Norway by 1890. "He called me his doll child, and he played with me just as I used to play with my dolls." -Nora By leaving behind her family and "obligations" as a woman, Nora pursues individual freedom -- proving that women did not have to be forever confined in the man-built birdcage. “What is more important than the duties to your husband and your children?" -Torvald "Duties to myself”
-Nora “I only feel unspeakably empty. No one to live for any more...” -Christine Linde the woman was not an individual she exists solely in relation
to someone else “A wife cannot borrow without her husband’s consent.” -Christine “All these eight years - she who was my joy and pride - a hypocrite, a liar- worse, worse - a criminal!” -Torvald What connections did you find between issues in the work and your own culture(s) and experience? If someone does something wrong, do you think they should be able to redeem themselves? Should they be given second chances? Is there an instance in the play where Torvald is caged by society’s predetermined masculine roles? "How painful and humiliating it would be for Torvald, with his manly independence, to know that he owed me anything!" -Nora men are prideful creatures traditional gender roles patriarchal society world go round" "money makes the In what ways did money and its importance impact the play? "There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt." -Torvald "How could you have the heart to put your own child out among strangers?" - Nora "I was obliged to... when I was going to get such a good place by it." - Nurse "As I had to break with you, it was my duty to put an end to all that you felt for me." - Mrs. Linde "So that was it. And all this -- only for the sake of money!" - Krogstad Nora escapes the cage of society in order to find her independence. Of Torvald’s personality traits, which one do you think defined and really characterized him? What do you guys think he was after? "better correct her then" -Torvald “... many years ago, I was guilty of an indiscretion... The matter never came into court, but every way seemed to be closed to me after that.” -Krogstad "… but now i must cut myself free from all that. My sons are growing up; for their sake I must try and win back as much respect as i can in the town. This post in the bank was like the first step up for me - and now your husband is going to kick me downstairs again into the mud.” "Thanks, thanks Christine! Now I shall find a way to clear myself in the eyes of the world.” -Krogstad "You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me." -Nora “When that was done I was so absolutely certain you would come forward and take everything upon yourself and say: I am the guilty one.” -Nora What differences can you guys spot about the the expectations of Nora about love and what actually happened to her at the end of the play? Victorian Era 1837-1901 religion morality elitism industrialism improvement "life as it is" Industrial Revolution Henrik Ibsen utilizes many symbols to add depth to his play. Which symbols can you spot in the picture? INTRO Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 A Doll's House By: Henrik Ibsen Any Questions?
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