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A Doll's House

English IOP

Marina Brand

on 21 February 2013

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Transcript of A Doll's House

Individual Oral Presentation:
A Doll's House By: Marina Brand Welcome to
Helmer's Home! “A Doll’s House is no more about women’s rights than Shakespeare’s Richards II is about the divine right of kings, or Ghosts about syphilis…Its theme is the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she is and strive to become that person.” - M. Meyer Nora A Doll’s House does not have to be taken as a serious statement about women’s rights because the heroine of act 3 is an incomprehensible of the heroine in acts 1 and 2. First Argument: Nora: I should not think of going against your wishes. (4) Nora: You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me. (66) Nora: … I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald. (67) Macaroons:
She takes a packet of macaroons from her pocket and eats one… (1)
Helmer: Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two?
Nora: No, Torvald, I assure you, really – (4) Doctor Rank:
Flirts with him cruelly and toys with his affection
Rank: Silk stockings.
Nora: Flesh colored. Aren’t they lovely? It is so dark here now, but tomorrow---No, no, no! You must only look at the feet. Oh well, you may have leave to look at the legs too. (39) Second Argument: “Nora is the daughter of Eve…[A]n irresistibly bewitching piece of femininity…[Her] charge that in all the years of their marriage they have never exchanged one serious word about serious things is incorrect: she has quite forgotten how seriously Torvald lectured he on the subjects of forgery and lying less than three days ago.” Nora: We have been married now eight years. Does it not occur to you that this is the first time we two, you and I, husband and wife, have had a serious conversation. (66) Helmer: There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt. (2) STOP! Time to analyze this Helmer: Because such an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of the home. Each breath the children take in such a house is full of the germs of evil.
Nora: Are you sure of that?
Helmer: My dear, I have often seen it in the course of my life as a lawyer. Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother.
Nora: Why do you only say—mother?
Helmer: It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result. Every lawyer is familiar with the fact. This Krogstad, now, has been persistently poisoning his own children with lies and dissimulation; that is why I say he has lost all moral character. That is why my sweet little Nora must promise me not to plead his cause. Give me your hand on it. Come, come, what is this? Give me your hand. There now, that's settled. I assure you it would be quite impossible for me to work with him; I literally feel physically ill when I am in the company of such people. (27) Third Argument: The play is entitled A Doll’s House
Victimization of all the characters including the male ones Society Torvald Rank Krogstad Rank:Oh, it's a mere laughing matter, the whole thing. My poor innocent spine has to suffer for my father's youthful amusements.
Nora: (sitting at the table on the left) I suppose you mean that he was too partial to asparagus and pate de foie gras, don't you?
Rank:Yes, and to truffles.
Nora: Truffles, yes. And oysters too, I suppose?
Rank:Oysters, of course, that goes without saying.
Nora: And heaps of port and champagne. It is sad that all these nice things should take their revenge on our bones.
Rank:Especially that they should revenge themselves on the unlucky bones of those who have not had the satisfaction of enjoying them.
Nora:Yes, that's the saddest part of it all. (38) Rank: Torvald: Helmer: … Nora, I have often wished that you might be threatened by some great danger, so that I might risk my life's blood, and everything, for your sake. (61) 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.
Helmer: Nora!
Nora: You mean that I would never have accepted such a sacrifice on your part? No, of course not. But what would my assurances have been worth against yours? That was the wonderful thing which I hoped for and feared; and it was to prevent that, that I wanted to kill myself. (70) VS. Krogstad: Helmer: His moral failings I might perhaps have overlooked, if necessary—
Nora: Yes, you could--couldn't you?
Helmer: And I hear he is a good worker, too. But I knew him when we were boys. It was one of those rash friendships that so often prove an incubus in afterlife. I may as well tell you plainly, we were once on very intimate terms with one another. But this tactless fellow lays no restraint on himself when other people are present. On the contrary, he thinks it gives him the right to adopt a familiar tone with me, and every minute it is "I say, Helmer, old fellow!" and that sort of thing. I assure you it is extremely painful for me. He would make my position in the Bank intolerable. "Ibsen's case is stronger, not weaker, if we don't let the tragedy disappear in polemics about women's rights." We hope you enjoy your stay! Nora is deceiving, manipulative and dishonest from the start: The Dining Room The Bedroom The Kitchen The Attic The Living Room
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