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A Doll's House

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Summer Chan

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of A Doll's House

A Doll's House
Henrik Ibsen's Background (1828-1906)
Alternative Ending
The General Comment about the book
Gender Role
Feminism in Norway
Question of A Doll's House
The Significance of Henrik Ibsen
•Influential figure in modern theater
•Broke away the romantic tradition in drama
•His plays were controversial
•He explored the conflict between social and psychological restrictions

The Influence of the A Doll's House
•Born to Knud Ibsen (1797–1877) and Marichen Altenburg (1799–1869) in Skien, Norway.
•Merchant family related to the patrician families (upper Bourgeoisie)
•In 1842, returns to Skien and he enters to a christian school.
•1st plays 'Cataline' and 'The Burial Mound'.
•Years later he gets a job and gets involved in the production of more than 145 plays.
•In 1858 he marries Suzannah Thorensen and has a child.
•In 1879 A doll's house published
•1900-1096 has health complications and dies.
A Doll's House background

A Doll's House was based on the life of
Laura Kieler
(maiden name Laura Smith Petersen), a good friend of Ibsen. Much that happened between
Nora and Torvald
happened to
Laura and her husband, Victor.

money to find a cure for her husband's
Laura signs the
illegal loan
in order to save her husband
sales of her book would repay her
discovered about Laura's secret loan, he
her and had her committed to an asylum
become a well-known Danish
It aroused
great controversy
at the time during
19th century
marriage norms.
Ibsen was inspired by the belief that
a woman cannot be herself in modern society

it is not only about
women's right
s, but rather the need of every

One critic noted,
That slammed door reverberated across the roof of the world.
Ibsen's German agent felt that
the original ending would not play well
in German theatres.

In Germany, an actress refused the play is written, declaring that "
I would never leave my children

In London, play by
adaption as " Breaking a Butterflies"
Significant of feminism globally
Translated into different languages
Nora soon became an important
throughout the world for women fighting for
liberation and equality
theatrical art a new vitality by bringing into European bourgeois drama an ethical gravity, psychological depth, and
social significance
that the theater had lacked since the days of William Shakespeare.
The 1st Movement 1840
Incapable, impossible to enter any agreement of control money
Not any training and government job
Before and after marriage is dominated by men
Awakening Consciousness
Work not heavy industries
Change the age of majority 25 to 21
Getting a license for free enterprise except married women

The role of Literacture
Women write literature to express themselves
Speak for women
Received primary education
Why did Nora give up everything to
leave her family behind?
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