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A Doll's House, by Henry Ibsen

- In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, a drama written in the midst of an 1879, middle-class, suburban Europe, he boldly depicts a female protagonist. In a culture with concern for fulfilling, or more so portraying a socially acceptable image, Nora faces the restraints of being a doll in her own house and a little helpless bird. She has been said to be the most complex character of drama, and rightfully so, the pressure of strict Victorian values is the spark that ignites the play's central conflicts....   [tags: Henry Ibsen, A Doll House]

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Analysis Of ' A Doll House '

- ... A supplementary illustration of dramatic irony is when Torvald declares that he would sacrifice his pride and prosperity if some peril threatened Nora. Torvald constitutes a whimsical promise rationalizing that “Whatever comes, you’ll see, you’ll see; when it really counts, I have strength and courage enough as a man to take on the whole weight myself” (Ibsen 1274). However, when the truth is finally revealed in Act III and Torvald’s response is nothing like his promise “The thing has to be hushed up at any cost....   [tags: Irony, Marriage, Husband, A Doll's House]

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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

- In the play A Doll House, Henrik Ibsen writes about the typical European marriage in the 19th century with the twist of a metaphorical comparison of the Helmer 's marriage and their home to a doll house. Ibsen also enriches the play with the use of symbolism throughout the story. These symbols include: the macaroons which represent how Nora misleads Torvald, Dr. Rank 's illness and the tarantella dress which represent the things wrong with their marriage. Lastly, another symbol is the Christmas tree which effectively shows that Nora 's place is the house is temporary....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Christmas tree]

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A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

- A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen tells the story of a woman Nora Hemler as she tries to hide her “secret betrayal” from her husband, Torvald Hemler. This story according to Ibsen is based on a true story which he calls a “modern tragedy” and is set in the nineteenth century, in a highly patriarchal and Christian society when women were treated almost as children. They could not vote, nor handle financial matters; a woman’s duty was to marry, take the husband’s name, and like her children; should be seen not heard....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Marriage]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- In Henrik Ibsen 's play, “ A Doll House “, Ibsen depicts a female protagonist, Nora Helmer, who dares to defy her husband or forsake her “duties” as a wife and a mother, to seek her individuality. “ A Doll House “ challenges the patriarchal view that most people in Norway during that decade thought to be as true, that a woman 's place was in the home. Like many women Nora felt trapped by her father and when the time came she received the same feeling from her husband, however the rules of the society hindered them from acknowledging their own voice....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- Picture this: one day, you are walking down the street early in the evening. You see a sweet, elderly woman walking towards you on the opposite side of the sidewalk, carrying grocery bags in one hand and her purse in the other. She looks over-encumbered, but still when she sees you she smiles cheerfully and continues walking in your direction. But suddenly, a man dressed in black from head to toe runs past you and snatches the old woman’s purse right from her hands, and in her surprise she drops her groceries all over the ground....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Marriage]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... Throughout the play Torvald treats Nora as a pet, referring to her as an animal and even claiming that she is “expensive to keep” (1.84). Even though Nora plays along with this, she recognizes her place in Torvald’s heart and even explains to Mrs. Linde that her reason for keeping the secret from Torvald was because “someday; years from now, when [she] can’t count on [her] looks anymore… [She will] have something to fall back on” (1.367-371). The true nature of Nora and Torvald’s marriage is because of Torvald’s need to boost his image....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, The Honourable]

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Flaws Portrayed Within the Helmer Marriage in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Marriage is a union between two people who communicate and love each other. A love so pure and unconditional that only in death can they part. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald appear to portray the perfect marriage. However, throughout the play flaws within the Helmer marriage are exposed: a lack of communication, love and selflessness. A relationship based on lies and play-acting; A marriage condemned by the weight of public opinion. Nora and Torvald lack one of the key elements needed to make a marriage work....   [tags: a doll's house]

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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone

- “I would not be a queen for all the world.” (Henry VIII) King Henry sums up in one short sentence the attitude that men have had towards women for ages. For centuries, men have been treating women like second-class citizens. They have always thought of themselves as superior. In the plays Antigone and A Doll’s House there are obvious examples of the conflicts between men and women. In the play Antigone, the character Antigone broke the law to do what she thought was right. Creon, her uncle and the king, was frustrated that she did not listen to him because women in that time period always did what they were told....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]

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Visual Symbols in "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen

- "A Doll's House", written in 1879, is one of the most famous works by playwright Henrik Ibsen, the founder of modern realistic prose drama. It tells the story of a nineteenth century bourgeoisie woman who breaks the chains of society that determine her role in life in order to find herself. The female protagonist Nora lives a perfectly comfortable and seemingly carefree life until her husband Torvald Helmer falls ill. She is forced to forge a signature on a contract that would enable her to borrow enough money from a lawyer named Nils Krogstad to travel to southern Italy to save his life....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, ]

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New Year's Changes in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- In Victorian England, women were expected to be undoubtedly obedient to their fathers, and later in life, servile to their husbands as well. They were normally forbidden to pursue a real education, and would often “devote themselves to their husbands' happiness” (Roland 10). Throughout history, women have had to make sacrifices for other people's feelings and lives. They have given up their own lives, freedoms, education, and careers due to their concern for others. A concurrent injustice occurs in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House....   [tags: Victorian England, A Doll's House, ]

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On Ibsen's A Doll's House

- On Ibsen's A Doll's House [This is the text of a lecture delivered, in part, in Liberal Studies 310 at Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. References to Ibsen's text are to the translation by James McFarlane and Jens Arup (Oxford: OUP, 1981). This text is in the public domain, released July 2000] For comments or questions, please contact Ian Johnston Those of you who have just read A Doll's House for the first time will, I suspect, have little trouble forming an initial sense of what it is about, and, if past experience is any guide, many of you will quickly reach a consensus that the major thrust of this play has something to do with gender relations in modern society and...   [tags: A Doll's House]

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Analysis Of ' A Doll House ' By Josefina Lopez

- Women have been given by society certain set of duties, which although change through time, tend to stay relatively along the same lines of stereotypical women activities. In “A Doll House” and “Simply Maria” we see the perpetuation of these forms of behavior as an initial way of life for the two protagonists. Nonetheless; we see a progression towards liberation and self discovery towards the development as a human being by breaking the rules of society. Such attitudes soon find opposing forces....   [tags: Woman, Gender role, Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... Her contemporaries will looks down on her, but she did say that she couldn’t be concern over that. In particular, Nora once confesses to Mrs. Linde that she enjoys “working … earning money … like being a man” (Ibsen 898). Deep down, Nora wants to be free, so her departure isn’t a reckless, selfish decision put there to punish her regretful husband for his mistake like Scott claims. One of the backlash against Nora is that by leaving, she breaks her “most sacred vows” to her husband (Ibsen 938)....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Marriage]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- First impressions mean everything in this society which is why people try so hard to put on their best faces when meeting someone new. However, looks can often be deceiving. “I don 't know if you 've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong” (Snicket 9). Henrik Ibsen masterfully describes such impressions in his play A Doll House. He takes a seemingly perfect family and begins to show that appearances aren’t always as they seem. First impressions are extremely important in A Doll House as they are often wrong, and contribute to the façade that the Helmer family is living behind....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Oslo]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... He asks her, “Where’s your religion?”(Ibsen 849), to which she replies “Oh, Torvald, I’m really not sure what religion is” (Ibsen 849). Her faith in even the patriarchal figure of the creationist God has been shaken. Dr Rank, however, serves as a foil character to figures like Torvald. Her relationship with him places them as equals — he speaks to her not as a pretty thing as her husband does, but as a friend. It is to Nora alone that he confides his illness and soon death because “Helmer with his sensitivity has such a sharp distaste for anything ugly” (Ibsen 826)....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Gender role]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- ... When did my squirrel get in?” (Ibsen 860). Torvald forces his wife to be compliant by calling her other patronizing names such as his "my wastrel" and "my little prodigal." An important, feminine weakness in the Victorian age is society’s requirement that men be responsible for the legal and financial affairs of women. Torvald keeps her in a subservient position by giving her no credit for understanding financial issues, or for being able to manage money. And, he fails in resisting the dictates of society as he is too full of pride and too accustomed by his society and his role in it to forgive Nora her misdemeanors made out of loving devotion to him....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Victorian era]

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Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll House

- Born in Norway during 1828, Henrik Ibsen became disenchanted with Norwegian traditional societal ideals, turning to theater to advocate social and moral reforms. In his drama “A Doll House,” Nora Helmer reflects the contrary nature of those traditional ideals and his own pressure to amend them. Initially, Nora seems to be the ideal woman of the nineteenth century standard. Trained from her youth to submit to the head of the house, she blithely allows her husband to take full control of marital matters, from clothing to friends to serious financial issues....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Morality]

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A Doll 's House And The Glass Menagerie

- Even When It’s Not Sex, It Is Oscar Wilde once said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” The content of this quote embodies A Doll’s House and The Glass Menagerie because of the sexual control in both the plays. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee William, the characters, although from different time periods, face the hardships of sexual control through the men they admire. Nora is written as the naive protagonist of A Doll’s House, who embodies the themes of the novella as she matures throughout the play....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- The play, A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen was written during the time where society had a major impact and was reflected on the most. During the 19th century, the role of men and women became sharply defined than at any time in history. The role of a woman was staying at home and tending to her children and her husband. Nora Helmer and Torvald Helmer are introduced to be the main characters and the victims of the social pressures that define the perfect man and the perfect woman. Throughout the play, we see the relationship between Nora and Torvald going from childish, to desperation and finally ending with a sense of reality....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]

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Nora From A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Edie is seen as a woman by looking that way which makes Chris believe she is the house lady. Chris complaints her not realizing she is only a teenager. It was uncommon for a man to complaint “a woman or somebody he is treating like a woman” (Munro 130), but Edie was still a child and did not realize that. Throughout the short story Chris treats Edie as a woman and Edie pretends to be one. In the case of A Doll House, Nora is an adult, but is not in control of her life and allows her husband to control her....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Woman]

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Analysis of the Character of Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House

- The American author Napoleon Hill once stated “think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” In Henrick Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, the character of Mrs. Linde contributes to the exposition and pivotal moment of the decideding factors of Krogstad, she also has a profound influence on the character development of Nora Helmer. Mrs. Linde directly contributes to Nora’s moment of realization and Nora’s decision to leave her husband at the end of the play....   [tags: doll's house, henrick ibsen, influence]

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Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll House '

- Henrik Ibsen 's “A Doll House” played a significant role in the late nineteenth-century when it explored different aspects of gender roles in society. With his stage play, Ibsen 's observation on society shows the audience, of what happens when one lie can turn into a multitude of lies, and how secrets can destroy a family. In the opening act of “A Doll House”, the main character Nora comes off as a sweet, naïve woman who hums and prances around in the kitchen like someone who doesn 't have a care in the world....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll House '

- ... The tree can also symbolize Nora’s personality. In the play the Christmas tree is a materialistic object used only for decoration, nice to look at, and adds attractiveness to the home, just like Nora. The first line of the play Nora told the maid, Helen, to “hide the Christmas Tree carefully” because she did not want the children to see it until “it is dressed” (Ibsen 1350). Nora tells her husband, Torvald that “nobody is to have the chance of admiring me in my dress until to-morrow” the night of the costume party where they will dance the Tarantella....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll's House

- A Doll House Essay Ibsen said that his mission in life was to “Inspire individuals to freedom and independence” which was shown throughout the play A Doll House. Since he wrote modern theatre, the characters were real and audiences could relate to them. He particularly questioned the role of men and women during his time. Ibsen used A Doll House to motivate women so they would seek more power and freedom in their relationships. Audiences could then look up to characters such as Nora and Mrs Linde whom were independent, some what ahead of their times....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll's House

- A Doll's House The author, Henrik Ibsen, who wrote other social commentary plays (like Ghosts, Enemy Of The People, and Pillars Of Society), made a departure in this plays ending by having the protagonist run away rather than staying to set an example and continuing to struggle for the better along side others. This scenario creates a sad, troubling and for Nora unjustified ending as she, the protagonist in A Doll's House, leaves Torvold, her husband. She destroys any hope that married couples can reconcile differences and learn to change and grow with one another....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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An Analysis Of ' A Doll 's House '

- ... The narrator says, “the children and Nora play the game both in the living room and in the room next to it” (Ibsen 347). Supporters might also say Nora is right for leaving her children because they would suffer from her crime. Even if her crime did affect her children it would not be as severe as the effect of losing their mom. According to Siddall, numerous people suppose a father’s responsibility to his children is not as demanding as a mother’s responsibility (42). Saying that means Nora has a greater role in the children’s lives and depriving them of her will have an enormous impact....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Marriage, Norway]

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A Doll 's House And Trifles

- The plays, A Doll House and Trifles, brilliantly depict the male dominated relationships that were prominent in each playwright’s society. The play, A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, shows how women are seen as nothing more than a pretty face. On the other hand, Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, presents the idea that women are loyal to their husbands so they will do as their husbands wish. The concept of women being viewed as harmless creatures by men because they see them as unintelligent is prominent in both works and serves as the focus of each playwright’s critique of the attitudes toward marriage in their own respective societies....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Problem solving]

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The Importance of the Dance in A Doll's House

- The Importance of the Dance in A Doll's House Dancing is a beautiful form of expression that reveals a good deal about a person in a matter of minutes. Characters that dance in plays and novels usually flash some sort of underlying meaning pertaining to their story, shining light on themselves, other characters, and the movement of the action. In Ibsen's A Doll's House, Nora's performance of the tarantella summarizes the plot of the entire play. Take, for example, Torvald's attitude towards Nora's offbeat movements....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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Character Analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House

- A character analysis of Ibsen’s, “A Doll House”, reveals one main challenge facing Nora and women of today: men tend to misjudge women. Men assume that women are innocent and weak, merely because they are female. Nora Helmer, whom is considered childlike, is an example of women that live in a metaphorical “doll house”. On the other hand, towards the end of the story, Nora exhibits the independence and drive to be a real woman; this is another characteristic that many women display. Nora’s metamorphosis is a clear-cut representation of how modern-day women gained the freedom and rights they have today....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]

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The Tarantella Dance in A Doll's House

- The Tarantella Dance in A Doll's House In A Doll's House, Ibsen uses many symbols. One symbol that is used to symbolize Nora's character; is a dance called the Tarantella. The Tarantella is a folk dance from southern Italy. It goes from an already quick tempo to an even quicker one, while alternating between major and minor keys. It is characterized by swift movements, foot tapping, and on the women's part, exaggerated ruffling of petticoats. It involves a lot of very fast spinning and jumping until one cannot dance anymore and is so exhausted they fall to the ground....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House As A Marxist Text

- Ibsen 's A Doll 's House As A Marxist Text In Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House, readers can immediately see how social conditions trapped each character in place and did not allow them to grow further in their lives. Barry Witham and John Lutterbie 's "A Marxist Approach to A Doll House," highlights how the characters in A Doll 's House are pawns to their economic backgrounds, and in Karen Ford 's "Social Constraints and Painful Growth In A Doll 's House," she furthers the argument that Ibsen 's A Doll 's House is a Marxist writing without formally calling it Marxist....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- A Doll’s House, the title belonging to one of the most well known plays in the world of literature. As the name suggests, this famous play written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 discusses the dilemmas of a seemingly perfect 19th century family. The title serves as a significant symbol and proposal of the message that Ibsen intended to convey through the play. The title highlights two important aspects of the play, a doll and a house. The doll and house symbolize the main character Nora Helmer, and the house in which she lives in with her husband, Torvald Helmer....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Torvald calls Nora by pet-names and speaks down to her because he thinks that she is not intelligent and that she can not think on her own. Whenever she begins to voice an opinion Torvald quickly drops the pet-names and insults her as a women through comments like; "worries that you couldn 't possibly help me with," and "Nora, Nora, just like a woman."(1565) Torvald is a typical husband in his society. He denied Nora the right to think and act the way she wished. He required her to act like an imbecile and insisted upon the rightness of his view in all matters....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... The characterization of Nora in Act one represent her as weak, money-hungry, oppress, childish and submissive. A clear representations of money-hungry is when ask him“Nora: Pooh. We can borrow till then”(Dolls ' House,164) subjecting that she only see him as financial gain. During the first act Nora is in deep a weak and oppress character since her husband is the only decision maker. In the second act Nora Personality Change to become paranoid, reckless, and a liar. She become paranoid during the end of the act and at the beginning of the act since the Krogstad know her little secret....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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Analysis Of Ibsen's A Doll's House

- "A Doll House" A critical Analysis When Nora slammed the door shut in her doll's house in 1879, her message sent shockwaves around the world that persist to this day. "I must stand quite alone", Nora declared after finding out that her ideal of life was just a imagination of her and that all her life had been build up by others people's, specifically her husband and her dad ideas, opinions and tastes. Nora is the pampered wife of an aspiring bank manager Torvald Halmer. In a desperate attempt to saves her husband's life Nora once asked for a loan so she and her family could move somewhere where her husband could recover from his sickness....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... Rank seems to be an incidental character in as he doesn 't assist into the plot as much as Nil Krogstad and Mrs. Linde. In any case, he might be depicted as a typical figure for some messages that Ibsen wished to delineate all through "A Doll 's House" with respect to the social and social desires of the nineteenth century. Firstly, Rank 's character may symbolize moral shame inside society. Then again, as a result of the numerous earnest and humble parts of his character, that view upon him is exceptionally easy to contradict....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- In most relationships you see today, men and women play equal parts. Both men and women work, both help out with the children, and both take the time to rationalize current affairs. Needless to say, there are those relationships where the men are the breadwinners and the women are the trophies. The play A Doll 's House, by Henrik Ibsen, is centered on the war among social lie, marital status, and responsibility. This play is regarding a woman’s need for independence and her obligations to her loved ones and society....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- Some people will search their whole life, trying to find themselves and what their purpose is in life. They seem to have no identity and have trouble finding one. This is the case for Nora Helmer, the protagonist in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Webster’s Dictionary defines identity as “the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others.” Nora has to follow her husband’s rules and live up to his expectations, not being able to be herself. Nora is portrayed as a doll, hence the title, always following the rules of others, as if she’s in a dream like state....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway]

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Seeking Truth in A Doll's House

- Seeking Truth in A Doll's House. The characters, in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, are hiding from each other and seeking the truth about each other and about life. The game of hide and seek that Nora plays with her children, she also plays with her husband. She hides her actions and her true personality from him. He also hides his life from her. Thinking that she would never even understand, he keeps all the business of their relationship secret from her. Although Nora hides from her husband, she also plays the role of seeker....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

- In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House, Torvald and his wife, Nora, live a middle class, conservative life with three children. Nora stays at home while Torvald works as a manager at a bank. Previously, when Torvald was sick, Nora forged her father's signature on a bond to receive money for a trip to Italy so Torvald could recover. Only Nils Krogstad, another man at the bank, and Nora's best friend, Linde, know about her terrible secret. Linde and Krogstad have also failed in society like Nora: Krogstad has performed the same act of forgery, and Linde had to work to support her family while most women stayed at home....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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The Miracle of A Doll's House

- The Miracle of A Doll's House In the play A Doll's House, Nora fits in a role of the little helpless wife whose husband takes care of everything. During the play, she keeps a secret from her husband that eventually leads to the destruction of her marriage. When the secret surfaces, Nora finds out just what kind of man she was married to. Maybe she always knew but now wants something different in her life. A few years earlier her husband was terribly sick and needed to get away for a while, possibly go south....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

- ... For instance, this is one of the causes for Mrs. Linde to show more interest about what Nora had to say, and of showing more support to what she says throughout the conversation. When Nora discovers by herself that she is talking too much, she apologizes for being selfish and asks Mrs. Linde how she is doing. It is when Nora listens, that she learns how much more problematic the life of Mrs. Linde is. Learning about the life of her friend helps her understand there is more to life than what she is going through while pleasing her husband in what he needs and wants, and caring for her family....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll House is considered to have revolutionized Drama in its time. Ibsen, with his play, tries to show another part of humanity to his audience. This new style consisted in situations that could and do happen in real life rather than spectacular or crazy plots. A Doll House is a dramatic piece written by Henrik Ibsen. This story is about Mr. and Mrs. Helmer, they are a happy marriage that like any other marriage is supposed to be based on trust and love. But Mrs. Helmer has a secret, she obtained some money in a shady way to save his husbands life, and now she has to pay it back....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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On Ibsen's A Doll's House

- On Ibsen's A Doll's House Author: Ian Johnston Those of you who have just read A Doll's House for the first time will, I suspect, have little trouble forming an initial sense of what it is about, and, if past experience is any guide, many of you will quickly reach a consensus that the major thrust of this play has something to do with gender relations in modern society and offers us, in the actions of the heroine, a vision of the need for a new-found freedom for women (or a woman) amid a suffocating society governed wholly by unsympathetic and insensitive men....   [tags: Ibsen's A Doll's House]

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Henrik Isben's A Doll's House

- A Doll’s House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, tells the story of Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer, who is an adult living as a child, kept as a doll by her husband. She is expected to be content and happy living in the world Torvald has created for her. By studying the play and comparing and contrasting the versions presented in the video and the live performance, one can analyze the different aspects of it. Ibsen’s purpose for writing this piece is to entertain while pointing out an injustice....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- At the end of A Doll's House, Isben surprises the audience. When Torvald learns that Krogstad is no longer threatening him, he offers to forgive Nora. Most people in the audience would expect the ending to be happy and for the family to live its life as it did before. Shockingly, Nora tells Torvald that she plans on leaving him and their children. She realizes that her life has not been happy and that Torvald does not really love her. Nora has many motivations for leaving Torvald. She feels that she has been treated like a doll her whole life, and does not like being treated that way....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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- A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828 on the coast of Norway into a middle class family. When he was 6 years of age, due to financial loss, his family were forced to move to a smaller house in the country and his education was disruppted. Ibsen had to work as an apprentice and study in the evening this alienated him from his family and he was never to reunite with them. In 1849 his first play was published and was a disaster. Ibsen altered his style of writing to accommodate the trend of the era which was romanticism....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- A Dolls House By Henrik Ibsen Dramatic Critique The P’s Person: Nora, Torvald Helmer’s wife, and mother of Ivar, Bob, and Emmy. Peculiar trait: On the surface Nora’s peculiar trait seems to be her obsession for money. Her internal peculiar trait is that she desires to become significant to her husband. She spends money on material objects to decorate their home and dress up the family. The impression of the home appears perfect, like a doll’s house. Passion: Nora’s passion is to be a real human and not be unreal towards herself, her family, or her husband....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- Marriage is a forever commitment between two individuals to love one another but marriages don't always have the fairytale happy ending. In Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll House, Nora and Torvald Helmer learn some things about their marriage that they had not realized before. Nora Helmer discovers Torvald, herself, her marriage, as well as her own identity as a woman. Nora Helmer, the wife of Torvald Helmer, throughout the whole play has been keeping a secret from her husband. A few years back when Torvald became ill the doctor recommended that the whole family move south in order for Torvald to fully recover....   [tags: Ibsen Doll's House]

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- A doll house by Henrik Ibsen is a modern drama whose characters fail to understand who they really are. The theme of self-discovery can be viewed throughout the entire play. Nora’s character plays an important role in self-discovery. She is a dynamic character who proves at the end of the play that she accept and discovers who the true Nora is. The play begins with a direct emphasis on Nora and her husband (Torvald) relationship. One can easily assume that their relationship is based on material things and status....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- A DOLL’S HOUSE Believe it or not money is a big thing in a couples relationship. One of the themes in the play, A Doll’s House, was about money. In the play, money had a lot to do with the breaking of a relationship. The relationship was between Nora and Torvald a married couple. Their was a big thing that had to do with money that I will be discussing later in this essay. On page 5, Torvald is asking the question, “What are little people called that are always wasting money?” Nora then answers, “Spendthrifts”....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- After she reveals the "dastardly deed" to her husband, he becomes understandably agitated; in his frustration he shares the outside world with her, the ignorance of the serious business world, and destroys her innocence and self-esteem. This disillusion marks the final destructive blow to her doll's house. Their ideal home including their marriage and parenting has been a fabrication for the sake of society. Nora's decision to leave this false life behind and discover for herself what is real is directly symbolic of woman's ultimate realization....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- Ibsen's "A Doll's House" In Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, in Act Two Scene 6, Nora’s deceptive behaviour and desperation reaches its climax due to the arrival of the letter. This is because the letter contains the means she used to get hold of the money. During the time when the play took place, society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play the role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children and made sure that everything around the house was perfect....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- A Doll’s House In past history, society has been both very prejudiced and traditional with its view of gender roles. Often times a woman would not have had the same right to something as a man did. Many women however went against the law and tradition to do what they thought was right. In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, Nora does something that is unimaginable during the time period. Nora’s husband Torvald believes he is the man of the house and that his wife should be grateful and entertaining for him....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- A Closer look at Ibsens A Dolls House "Everything is relative" or so the flippant motto of the post-modern generation would say. Interestingly enough, this aphorism is brilliantly applied by Henrik Ibsen to enhance his characters in the acclaimed drama, A Doll’s House. Often, we see things relative to their surroundings, and as the contrast between objects heighten, each becomes more visible. Within the first act of A Doll’s House, we encounter Christine Linde, a childhood friend of the main character, Nora, and Dr....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- Nora is a captivating character in Ibsen's A Doll's House. She swings between extremes: she is either very happy or immensely depressed, prosperous or completely desperate, wise or naive, impotent or purposeful. You can understand this range in Nora, because she staggers between the person she pretends to be and the one she someday hopes to become. Throughout the play, Nora is portrayed as subordinate to her male counterpart, Torvald. As most other men during this time, Torvald believed that women were not capable of making difficult decisions, or thinking for themselves....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, is a play about a woman who realizes that she is worth more than she has been given credit. Her whole life she was treated like a little doll; too fragile to do anything serious, too frail to be troubled with real business. She was the wife, mother and homemaker. The only things she was perceived as capable of were running the home, raising the children and looking pretty. This was a common stereotype for women in the 1880’s. Women were treated as possessions, not people....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House]

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- Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House In the following essay I will discussing whether or not I believe that Mrs. Linde is right on calling Nora “childish” in the first act of “A Dolls House.” “A Dolls House” was written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879 is based upon the day to day human struggle against the degrading constraints of social conformity....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House]

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- Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll House examines a woman’s struggle for independence in her marriage and social world. Through the use of character change, Ibsen conveys his theme that by breaking away from all social expectations, we can be true to ourselves. When Ibsen presents Nora Helmer, we see a “perfect” wife, who lives in a “perfect” house with a “perfect” husband and children. The Helmer children have a nanny that raises them. By having the nanny, Nora has the freedom to come and go as she pleases....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- Independence Most of us live a life where we do what we want and when we want without anyone telling us how to live our lives. This wasn’t the case in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, where he illustrates to us how one woman lives a life through her father and husband. Throughout the play we see how a once childish like woman gains her independence and a life of her own. Ibsen shows us a very realistic play that demonstrates how on the outside Nora and Torvald seem to have it all. While in reality their life together is simply empty until Nora stands up for herself and starts to build her own life....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- In many literary works, there are characters in which portray both similarities and differences. In the Play "A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen, two of the characters have many oppositions and congruencies. These characters go by the names of Nora Helmer and Mrs. Linde. Ibsen characterizes these women by describing their comparable and contrasting personalities. He does this by describing their financial situations as well as their family lives. He describes these women, as opposites while in fact there are some distinct similarities....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- To meet the needs of others, characters are often faced with making important decisions. In A Doll’s House, Nora, Mrs. Linden, and the nurse must all make decisions crucial to the importance of their lives. It is very evident throughout the story that these women must give up important aspects of their lives not only for themselves, but also for others. The nurse is a key importance in Nora’s life. She has been the only mother Nora has known. In order to be Nora’s mother, however, the nurse ultimately had to give up her own child....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- Henrik Isben?s A Doll?s House is the story of a man and a woman who have been married for eight years but are not really in love. Although at the first of the story we see a typical family, underneath there lies a dark secret. Torvald Helmer, the husband, is a lawyer who has been unsuccessful in the past because he would not accept a shady case. This has put the couple and their children in a great financial struggle and this forces him to turn elsewhere for employment. He ends up working at a local bank, putting an end to the family struggle....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]

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- ... The characters are able to have their own personality as long as the personality fit into society’s custom and the roles that society thinks they should follow. In the end, are the characters really allowed to be themselves. When the play opens, the reader reads about Nora trying to hide the tree from her children because the tree is not finished being decorated just yet. The characters in the play are a lot like the unfinished tree. The readers see the decorated portion of the character; however, it is not until the end that the readers see the real characters for who they really are....   [tags: Norway, Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Oslo]

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- ... Linde inquires as to whether Nora has enlightened Torvald regarding the advance she answers "Great Heavens, no. How might you be able to think so. A man who has such solid assessments about these things. What 's more, how difficult and mortifying it would be for Torvald, with his masculine freedom, to realize that he owed me anything. It would annoy our shared relations inside and out; our delightful cheerful home would never again be what it is currently" (432). This infers she will put forth an admirable attempt to keep her significant other healthy, however she additionally is not willing to let him know reality, for fear that it upset their ideal dollhouse....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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- ... Mrs.Linde (smiling): Well my heavens-a little needle work and such-Nora, you’re just a child (805). Mrs.Linde feels superior to Nora because she doesn’t believe Nora has endured any hard times in life. However, Mrs.Linde’s quick judgment was brought to a halt when Nora eagerly lets out the scandalous secret of her marriage to Helmer. Nora reveals that when Helmer was dangerously ill and the only way to save him was to vacation somewhere warm, Nora had foraged her dying father’s signature in order to pay for the trip thus, saving Torvald’s life; the catch....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Marriage, Life]

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- Henrik Ibsen, author of one of the greatest drama plays A Doll House, is said this piece of work is a feminist play. Feminism is defined as a “collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women”, according to Dictionary.com. Did Ibsen produce A Doll House to be a feminist play. No matter what or how much propaganda feminist have made toward A Doll House, Ibsen, never wanted to produce a play concerning women’s rights, but that is very arguable....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]

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- A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen “A dolls house” was written by Henrik Ibsen and produced by famous actors during the time of the 1800’s; in fact it was the year of 1879 to be precise. It was around this time that many different Social, cultural and historical moments were changing through time, leaving the end result to change not only one country but had an effect on most of the world. For this section of the work I will be carefully discussing with you the issues of; * Social events * Cultural events * Historical events Social Each of these events all had major issues around during the time; like the peoples views on marriage and the roles of men and women – with or without being mar...   [tags: Doll's House Henrik Ibsen Essays]

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- “Illuminating incidents are the magic casements of fiction, its vistas on infinity” quoted by Edith Wharton in her publication, The Writing of Fiction (1925). These incidents are found in almost all fiction. For example, Darth Vader revealed he is actually Luke’s father. Dr. Malcolm Crowe had been dead the entire movie. Harry Potter himself had been a horcrux the whole time. The revelation in fiction is the crucial element of the story, thus leading into the whole significance of the account. A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, is a classic tragedy within ordinary characters and settings....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, The Play]

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- ... This point makes it clear that Nora is thankful for what she gets, but can lead the reader to think that she doesn’t really get a lot to spend because Helmer keeps an eye on their finances. Another point that can go along with Helmer thinking it is his duty to watch the spending of their finances is when Helmer questions Nora, “ Has this little spendthrift been out throwing money again?” (Ibsen 1449) . Helmer is always making a big deal about Nora spending “his” money. This may happen some today, but women now work a lot more and take on some jobs that can be looked at as a man 's job....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Husband, Norway]

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- In both Othello by Shakespeare and A Dolls House by Ibsen, reputation is valued more then anything else. The characters need a good reputation in order to secure social status. They also fear that they will be seen in a negative image without a good reputation and they use reputation to appear as something that they are not. In both plays, reputation does not reflect one’s true self. To begin with, Cassio in Shakespeare’s Othello and Torvald in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House both display that reputation plays a major role in their social status....   [tags: Othello, Iago, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen]

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- Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Plot and Sub-plots The play begins on Christmas Eve of the late 19th century, in the living room of a middle class family, the Helmers. Nora is the female lead role in this play who is treated very child-like by her husband, Torvald. He appears to have taken over her father’s role which in turn allows their marriage to be built on unstable foundations and although both parties have each other’s best interests in mind, it is clear to the audience from the start that the relationship has elements of deception that could possibly be destructive....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen Doll's House Essays]

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- "A Doll 's House" is classified under the "second phase" of Henrik Ibsen 's career. It was during this period which he made the transition from mythical and historical dramas to plays dealing with social problems. It was the first in a series investigating the tensions of family life. Written during the Victorian era, the controversial play featuring a female protagonist seeking individuality stirred up more controversy than any of his other works. In contrast to many dramas of Scandinavia in that time which depicted the role of women as the comforter, helper, and supporter of man, "A Doll 's House" introduced woman as having her own purposes and goals....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, Norway, Woman]

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- ... The marital relationship portrayed in the play allows the audience to view that the values created by society limits a person from developing self-awareness and an individual’s personality. Director Lee Breuer has done a marvelous job while choosing his cast for the play in order to truly reveal the characteristics adopted by the characters of the playwright. Nora was the protagonist of the play, who had qualities of a child and was a doll for the men in the playwright. For example as Nora states in the play, “…I’ve been wronged greatly, Torvald-first by Papa, and then by you….He used to call me his doll-child, and he played with me the way I played with my dolls…” (Ibsen 903)....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Theatre, Norway]

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- In A Doll 's House by Henrik Ibsen, the title itself implies just about anything. It is a place where ordinary people become manipulated by society. Society has always strongly influenced the way people act, think, dress and structure their lives. The Doll’s House just emphasizes how many families try to live up to the society’s standards and end up living false lives—like a plastic family. Some of the characters like Torvald and Nora represent both a doll and a manipulator while others act as either....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Dolls]

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- According to Henrik Ibsen, the institution of marriage was secure. Women did not even have the thought of leaving their husbands and the roles within the marriage were clearly defined. In the play, A Doll’s House, it questions certain perspectives as it relates to traditional attitudes, which is highly debatable and provokes intense criticism. Furthermore, in order to fully explain, one must understand characterization, theme, and the use of symbols throughout the play. First, there is characterization which is the act of creating or describing characters or people....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Norway, Marriage]

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