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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Global Issues (Mid 1800's)
Henrik Ibsen's life
Issues addressed in his plays
Feminist Rights in Norway
Feminist Rights in Germany
Two endings
Henrik Ibsen
Born March 20th, 1828
Norwegian
Poverty Stricken
Mother Religious
Father Depressed
Norway
Unmarried women were considered minors
"This is unheard of in a your age"
Married early to avoid this (early 20s)
Husbands were guardians not partners
"I won't allow it! I forbid you!"
Wedding Days husbands gained custody
"I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child"
No higher education available
"You don't understand the conditions of the world in which you live in" - "No I don't"
Germany
Self-Determination -Fanny Lewald
Emancipation -Clara Zefkin
Opportunity to Attend Universities -Anita Augspurg
Legalize Abortion -Helen Stocker
Opportunity to work in labor markets (industrial companies) -Alice Salomon
Beliefs
Husband and Wife are equals
Controversy to Victorian Age Morals
Considered Immoral and Outrageous
Historical Background, Plot, Themes, & Characters
A Doll's House historical analysis
Suzannah Thoreson
Apprenticed for a pharmacist
Began writing plays at 15
Early twenties; worked in a theater, writing, directing and producing
Rise to Modern Drama
Realistic plays
No "perfect" endings
Controversial
Global Issues
International Walls
Feminism
Bourgeoisie Class Issues
Challenged Toxic Societal Norms
Awareness of Money's Importance
Themes of A Dolls House Relating to Global Issues
Feminism
Cultural Norms
Family Morals
girl
How did the two endings display differences in international feminist movements?
Others?
http://ibsen.nb.no/id/11111794.0
Characters
Nora
Initially a happy house wife
Reveals her true feelings of oppression -"Doll daughter" to "Doll wife"
Tarantella Dance symbolic of her freedom and fierceness
Symbol of women in Norway during the late 1800's
Dedicated to her husband (willing to commit an act of felony)
Husband loves her for looks and her worth in his social status
Round Character
Torvald
Dominant figure in partnership
Dismissive and subjective -pet names "“My little skylark", “My little squirrel”, “My little singing bird”, “My pretty little pet", “My little sweet-tooth", “My poor little Nora”
Respected business
Socially self reliant, morally correct gender however life saved by a felony committed by a woman (ironic)
His relationship with Nora exposed irrationalities in social norms of late 1800 Denmark
So conceded with his social status he "cannot face up to anything ugly” -Dr Rank
Round and Flat Character -awakened by Nora's change but chooses not to make a change himself
Krogstad
Stresses the problem that developed between Torvald and Nora
Threatens Torvalds social status which makes Torvald lose sight of Nora's value to himself
Wants Torvalds job in exchange for not letting anyone find out about Nora forging her fathers signature for a loan
Krogstad is the antagonist
Mrs. Linde
Working woman
widow
independent
goal for women wanting independence
wants a marriage which insults working women
"everyone woman just needs a man"
Background charcater
Dr Rank
Family friend
Dying
appreciates Nora
Background Character that identifies problems in the Helmer's marriage
Plot
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