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Symbolism in A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” is a controversial play focusing on the marriage of Nora and Torvald Helmer. The play is filled with symbols that represent abstract ideas and concepts. These symbols effectively illustrate the inner conflicts that are going on between the characters. Henrik Ibsen’s use of symbolism such as the Christmas tree, the locked mailbox, the Tarantella, Dr. Rank’s calling cards, and the letters allows him to give a powerful portrayal to symbolize aspects of characters and their relationship to each other....   [tags: Literary Elements]
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Essay on The Awakening and A Doll's House - Comparison of The Awakening and A Doll's House       The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, and A Doll's House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, are two works of literature that can be readily compared. Both works take place in the same time period, around the late 1800s. Both works feature a woman protagonist who is seeking a better understanding of herself. Both Edna and Nora, the main characters, display traits of feminism. Both Edna and Nora have an awakening in which she realizes that she has not been living up to her full potential....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Comparison of Antigone and A Doll's House - Similarities in Antigone and A Doll's House   Ibsen's A Doll's House has been called the first modern play. The play was considered "revolutionary" because it broke several "molds" which had endured for centuries. Incredibly, much of what was considered "revolutionary" first appeared in Sophocles' play, Antigone - one of the first plays in existence.   In merely looking at the surface, one notices right away that both plays are significant in that they avoid the social temptation of using a man as a protagonist....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Feminist Perspective of A Doll's House - A Feminist Perspective of A Doll's House In "A Doll's House", Ibsen portrays the bleak picture of a role held by women of all economic classes that is sacrificial. The female characters in the play back-up Nora's assertion that even though men are unable to sacrifice their integrity, "hundreds of thousands of woman have." Mrs. Linde found it necessary to abandon Krogstad, her true but poor love, and marry a richer man in order to support her mother and two brothers. The nanny has to abandon her children to support herself by working for Nora....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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"The Doll's House" by Katherine Mansfield - Katherine Mansfield's "The Dolls House" seems to be a simple story about children receiving a own ideas and opinions. Even though everyone is entitled to their own opinion it is often bizarre to see how our opinions are based on those of others. This essay will outline the events that occurred in the story which are a big part in regards to the two different worlds of adults and children, and how they are separated from each other. The Dolls House is a story where you can see the cruelty of children towards each other....   [tags: World Literature] 481 words
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Willy and Nora in A Doll's House - Willy and Nora in A Doll's House Henrik Ibsens, A Doll House, is about how a family, particularly Nora Helmer, deals with an old secret that is about to become known to her husband Torvald Helmer. At the start of the play Nora is talking with Torvald. Nora begins to acting like Torvald's "little squirrel" in attempt to get money from him. At that time it is not known what she wants the money for, but Nora says it was for Christmas presents. The actual reason for the money is so she can pay on her little secret....   [tags: Papers] 604 words
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A Doll's House A Raisin in the Sun - A Doll House, by Henrik Ibsen, and A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, both have central themes of search of self-identity within a social system. This is demonstrated by women characters from both plays breaking away from the social standards of their times and acting on their own terms. In most situations women are to be less dominant than men in society. These two plays are surprisingly different from the views of women in society and of the times and settings that they take place in....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Unreliability of Appearances in "A Doll's House" - Over the course of Henrik Iben's A Doll's House, appearances prove to be misleading, which, in turn lead to the revelation of the reality of the play's characters and situations. The first impressions of Nora, Torvald, and Krogstadt are all eventually undercut. Nora initially seems to be a silly, childish woman, but as the play goes on, we see that she is intelligent, motivated, and, in the end, a strong-willed, independent thinker. Torvald plays the role of the strong benevolent husband, but later reveals himself to be cowardly, petty and selfish when he thinks that Krogstadt might expose him to scandal....   [tags: American Literature] 978 words
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A Doll’s House: Nora - When the door slams at the end of “A Doll’s House” by Henry Ibsen, No one would not believe the woman walking out of her house is the same one who appeared at the beginning of the play. The main character in this play is Nora. Nora goes through a complete transformation, changing from a child like and dependant woman to a self strong woman pushing to become independent. Ibsen portrays the roles of society in the Victorian times in this play. Throughout her whole life, Nora’s husband and father have always controlled her; she has never been able to be independent, and the treatment she receives is not equal to the males around her, and the people around her belittle and patronize her to no en...   [tags: henry ibsen] 881 words
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The Metamorphosis and A Doll's House - The Metamorphosis and A Doll's House Many writers are distinct in their work, some better than others. A couple of these writers include Franz Kafka, Barbara Kingsolver and Hendrick Ibsen. Their works express the elements that make literature interesting. Franz Kafka, a writer of the silence and one of dimension. But what makes Kafka better than other writers such as Barbara Kingsolver. The answer is simple: writing the silence and adding the representation of space. Kingsolver explains the details of the story unlike Kafka....   [tags: Papers] 457 words
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Human Rights in A Doll's House - Human Rights in A Doll's House I am a student of the IB program in Abu Dhabi, and I have read your fantastic play, A Doll’s House. I found that its radical and very different message about human rights and equality between men and women was very eloquently conveyed. I have also had the opportunity to read the alternate German ending to your play, where instead of leaving Torvald after a heated argument, Nora looks in at her sleeping children and is overcome by the image, deciding to stay....   [tags: Papers] 620 words
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Women Compared in A Doll's House - The similarities of the motives behind the actions of both Kristine and Nora in A Doll's House could be used to compare the similarities of these two characters even though these characters are in reverse roles throughout this play by Henrick Ibsen. Kristine and Nora marry for money, use Krogstad, and learn a valuable life lesson. Therefore, the correlations of Kristine and Nora's motives demonstrate the similarities between these two characters. Kristine does what she believes is right at the time by marrying Mr....   [tags: World Literature] 639 words
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Death of a Salesman by Miller and A Doll's House by Ibsen - "Death of a Salesman" by Miller and "A Doll's House" by Ibsen "Death of a Salesman" and "A Doll's House" are two plays that were written in different centuries. In these plays, among other things, is presented the place that women hold in the family, as well as in the society. Although in many aspects, the two protagonists of the plays, Linda and Nora respectively, appear to have things in common, at the same time they are very different, since Nora seems to be more modern and liberal than Linda, which is ironic given the fact that Ibsen wrote his play seventy years earlier than Miller....   [tags: American Literature Miller Doll's Salesman Ibsen]
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Essay on Lies and Self-realization in A Doll's House - Lies and Self-realization in A Doll's House   In Ibsen's play,  A Doll's House,  the characters willingly exist in a situation of untruth or inadequate truth that conceals conflict.  Nora's independent nature is in contradiction to the tyrannical authority of Torvald.  This conflict is concealed by the way they both hide their true selves from society, each other, and ultimately themselves.  Just like Nora and Torvald, every character in this play is trapped in a situation of untruth. "A Doll's House", can be misinterpreted as simply an attack on the religious values of Ibsen's society.  While this is certainly an important aspect of the play, it is not, however, Ibsen's main point.  "A...   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Free Essays on A Doll's House: Marital Lessons - Marital Lessons from A Doll's House Divorce has become widely accepted throughout the world. In today's world, the violent shredding of a family is shrugged off like the daily weather. The Norwegian play A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, is a prime example of a marriage that didn't work. The marriage of Torvald and Nora Helmer had many problems because the husband and wife couldn't discover the secrets of marital bliss. To keep a marriage alive and growing it must hold true to four qualities: love, communication, trust and loyalty, and perseverance....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 1298 words
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Realism in A Doll's House - For Ibsen, the theatre was a place of truth, of brutal analysis; an institution where the minds and souls of man were exposed with an honesty that at times seemed intolerably cruel. "Ej blot til Lyst" - "Not Only for Amusement" - Ibsen did not accept compromise nor should one expect compromise from Ibsen. "Ibsen's plays do not depend for their interest on the action, or on the incidents. Even the characters, faultlessly drawn though they be, are not the first thing in this plays. But the `naked drama' - either the perception of a great truth, or the opening up of a great question, or of a great conflict which is almost independent of the conflicting actors, and has been and is of -far reachi...   [tags: European Literature] 1268 words
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H. Ibsen's A Doll's House - Gender is defined as sexual identity, especially in relation to society or culture; the condition of being female or male; sex; females or males considered as a group: expressions used by one gender. Performance is defined as the act of performing a ceremony, play, piece of music, etc.; the execution or accomplishment of work, acts, feats, etc.; a particular action, deed, or proceeding; the act of performing; or the manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfils its intended purpose....   [tags: play analysis, gender roles]
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Nothing Gold Can Stay and Marriage In A Doll's House - If there is nothing intrinsically precious, but only superficially glorious, there is nothing to stay. It is the same with marriage. Just as Robert Frost conveys in his poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay," even gold cannot stay no matter how beautiful it is. Comparing to Robert Frost's masterpiece, we witness how an ostensibly joyful marriage turns out to be a catastrophe in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In this play, we can perceive honor and pride, but the main qualities a marriage requires are innocence and truth....   [tags: robert frost, otto heller]
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Rebellion Against Society in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Rebellion Against Society in A Doll's House      An underlying theme in A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, is the rebellion against social expectations to follow what one believes in their heart. This theme is demonstrated as several of the play's characters break away from the social norms of their time and act on their own beliefs. No one character demonstrates this better than Nora.  Nora rebels against social expectations, first by breaking the law, and later by taking the drastic step of abandoning her husband and children....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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freedol Nora's Freedom in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Freedom in A Doll's House        Perhaps we have all felt the urge to "escape" to some tropical paradise. However, as individuals we have responsibilities and obligations to school, friends and family. These responsibilities and obligations usually keep us from "escaping". It is difficult to balance our personal need for freedom with our responsibility to others.  In Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, the character of Nora Helmer had suffered greatly to achieve her personal freedom....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Free Essays on A Doll's House: Money Matters - A Doll's House Essay: Money Matters Henrik Ibsen was born in 1828 to a wealthy family, however, when he was just eight years old his family went bankrupt, and they lost their status in society. Ibsen knew how the issue of money could destroy a person’s reputation in no time at all. Perhaps that is how he makes the characters in his play, A Doll's House , so believable. Nora and Mrs. Linde, the two main female characters in the play, have had the issues of money and forgery ruin their lives. Nora forged her dead father’s signature to get a loan....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 655 words
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Torvald in A Doll's House - A Confusion Between Wife And Child In today's society, Americans typically portray specific roles for the different labels of groups or people in their society. Roles are put into place for all different types of people, from mothers to doctors to lawyers and homeless. But typically, the role between a mother and a child are completely different. Although mothers can sometimes get playful and act like their children to get along with them more, the roles of mother and child are usually completely different....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen] 1078 words
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Female Protagonist in Hedda Gabler and A Doll House - Hedda Gabler and A Doll House are indubitably two of Ibsen’s most well-known and finest works. In both, the central protagonists are women in strained marriages who do not accept societal norms. Both are independently-minded, but Nora in A Doll House still strongly feels the duty of marriage and motherhood, while Hedda in Hedda Gabler seems to think little of the institution of marriage and duty. Both A Doll House and Hedda Gabler were sensational in their times. A Doll House, written in 1879, was Ibsen’s first foray into creating a sensation, soon to become his trademark....   [tags: compare contrast essays] 929 words
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Mrs. Linde as a Foil for Nora in in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Mrs. Linde as a Foil for Nora in A Doll's House Random House Webster's dictionary defines a foil as "a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast."  This essay will focus on the use of the foil to contrast another character. The characters of Nora and Mrs. Linde provide an excellent example of this literary device. Mrs. Linde's aged, experienced personality is the perfect foil for Nora's childish nature. Mrs. Linde's hard life is used to contrast the frivolity and sheltered aspects of Nora's life....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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Limits Placed Upon Women in Antigone and A Doll's House - Stephen Schwartz’s song, Defying Gravity, contains a very bold statement. “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game and accepting limits because someone says they’re right.” This is something that many women have the audacity to think but never to speak aloud. However, there are two women who, even though they’re only in the play, did have the courage to say. In the plays Antigone, by Sophocles, and A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, these two brave young women, though very distant in time periods, discover they do not like the limitations society places on women....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Use of Symbols in Ibsen's Play, A Doll's House - Symbols are used universally to arouse interest and to stimulate the mind. Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, is filled with symbols that represent abstract ideas and concepts. These symbols successfully illustrate the inner conflicts that are going on between the characters. A few of the symbols are the Christmas tree, New year’s day, the title of the book and the nicknames Torvald called Nora emphasizes a theme of comparing perfect marriage relationship to the reality of the relationship, that is an artificial “Doll’s House” relationship....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 860 words
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Illustrating Gender Roles in A Doll's House by Ibsen - Ibsen’s purpose in writing A Doll’s House was not to encourage the feminist movement, but rather to raise the question of men’s and women’s roles in society to help both understand the necessity of personal development. The novel takes place during the victorian era, a period in history where women lacked suffrage aswell as many virtues of men. Nora is presented as a naive and immature wife, which in turn makes her a perfect protaganist as she is constantly chastised because of her nature. Through a road of self-doubt and confusion, Nora’s realization and ultimate growth occurs shortly after her confession of forgery....   [tags: society, fatherhood, marriage] 559 words
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Change and Conflict in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - ... From the beginning of A Doll’s House, the reader can view Nora’s desire for independence through the symbol of the macaroons. As an illustration, Ibsen notes in the stage directions in Act One, that Nora surreptitiously takes a packet of macaroons out of her pocket and eats one or two. When her husband, Torvald, gets home, Nora “Puts the bag of macaroons into her pocket and wipes her mouth” (Ibsen 4). Torvald has forbidden Nora eating macaroons because he thinks that her teeth will decay, rot and become unattractive to him....   [tags: symbol, christmas tree, tarantella dance] 1083 words
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Male Roles and Relationships in Antigone and A Doll's House - Male roles have created and influenced feminism in the world throughout time. “Feminism supposed that men had secured power for themselves by claiming the authority to decree meaning… all of life’s meaning was arbitrarily defined by men. Therefore, as the philosophy of feminism spread, it challenged to make women’s experiences a reference point for determining life’s meaning,” (Mary A. Kassian, Feminist Mistake). In Antigone written by Sophocles and A Doll’s House written by Henrik Ibsen, the issue of feminism is known....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Natural Mothers in Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House - Naturally Mothers “It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result.” (A Doll House, 70) In this quotation, Torvald from Henrik Ibsen's, A Doll House talks about Krogstad being a liar and mentions that almost all criminals have had lying mothers. The protagonist, Nora, feels very guilty because she is hiding a secret from her family. In life, women are naturally determine whether if they are good or bad mother. In two different pieces of work these two women chose either one....   [tags: influence, natural, inattentive]
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The Breaking of a Family in A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen - The Breaking of a Family In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll House Ibsen describes the perfect family and the conflicts within. Ibsen examines the normal lives of the Helmer family through the eyes of the wife, Nora Helmer. She goes through a series of trials as she progresses through the play and with each trial she realizes something is missing in her life. Ibsen examines the struggles within the house. Ibsen opens the play with the perfect home where Nora is planning Christmas and how she is planning every detail with no concern for her own needs....   [tags: selfless attitude, nora helmer] 738 words
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Restrictions Placed Upon Women in Antigone and A Doll's House - Discrimination against women is still a very real problem around the modern world. A Doll’s House written by Isben, involves a woman by the name of Nora and her family. The play takes place in southern Italy in the 1800s. Antigone is a play written by Sophocles, which takes place within a day in ancient Thebes, Greece. It tells the story of a girl named Antigone and the troubles she faces in an attempt to honor her deceased brother. A Doll’s House and Antigone portray women’s boundaries and what happens to those who dare to step outside of them, even if it is to save one whom they love....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Kate Chopin's work, The Awakening, and Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, were composed at a time when men dictated women in every part of life. They are both superior examples of literary works greatly ahead of their time. Each work exemplifies the strict social standards placed on women and how they destructively affected the women. They also demonstrate how the women were able to overcome over these social ethics and get towards a life of vaster fulfillment. The characters in The Awakening and A Doll's House were very similar....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Symbolism of Houses in A Doll's House and A Rose For Emily - The state of a flawed society is an issue that many people recognize, but have different ways of approaching it. In the case of William Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily” he examines the raw truth of the act of avoiding a flawed and evolving society. Whereas, “A Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield portrays the way that a flawed society can change through small acts of resistance that break the boundaries of social hierarchies. Both Mansfield and Faulkner use houses as symbols of a flawed society in their stories, however the manner in which they use these symbols are very different....   [tags: Compare and Contrast] 891 words
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Comparison: Antigone, by Sophocles and A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen - In my mind, Sonny Carroll’s poem perfectly represents what an empowered woman should be; firm, determined and able to stand on her own feet. The characters of Nora and Antigone, from Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ respectively, completely fit my description of ‘the empowered woman’. As inspiring figures, they left me wondering how they maintained their identities even in their patriarchal societies. What touched my heart the most is the way they fight for what they feel is moral and just instead of following what society dictates....   [tags: Female Empowerment, Protagonists] 1027 words
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Things Fall Apart and A Doll's House on Gender Roles - ... Traditional gender roles showcase the attitudes on how each sex is portrayed. Men are strong, decisive, they show no pain, attitudes tend to be directed in a more dominant direction. While women, they are casted as weak, submissive, they aren’t smart as men, they can’t get the job done. Critical Theory Today: A User-friendly Guide explains that the qualities society views each gender affects how they are affected, “A striking illustration is the word hysteria, which derives from the Greek word for womb and refers to psychological disorders deemed peculiar to women and characterized by overemotional, extremely irrational behavior” (Tyson 86)....   [tags: Chinua Achebe and Henrik Ibsen]
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Pet Names and Belittlement: Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - In a dolls house, Ibsen has combined several characters with diverse personal qualities and used them to develop the story line as well as bring to life the major themes and issues that the plot is meant to address. Primarily there are two types of characters who can be categorized as static and dynamic, the static characters remain the same form the start to the end of a story and despite the events taking place around them, and they do not change their perception or altitudes. These types of characters are often “punished” for their inflexibility especially when there are antagonists....   [tags: Chauvinist Patronizing, Plot Summary]
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen: Rebellion for Interdependence - There is not one child who has not rebelled against their parents in some way. Any little action can be seen as an act of rebellion; whether it is secretly buying a book from the Scholastic book fairs, talking on the phone late at night or purposely leaving the trash to pile up. In the play, A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen presents the ideas of rebellion for indepen¬dence. The main character, a sweet and lovely housewife, name Nora Helmer is married to Torvald Helmer who has been promoted to a new banking position....   [tags: parents, symbolic meanings]
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A Doll's House: The Importance of Character Relationships and Developments - It is known in IB that there are certain principles that define socio-cultural psychology; human beings are social animals, and we have a basic need to belong, culture influences behavior, humans are social animals, therefore they have a social self, and people's view of the world are resistant to change. The psychology of social relationships is key to analyzing the the affect of them on themes in literature. A great example of these principles and how they influence the character's thoughts and development into a theme is within a classic play by the Swedish playwright Henrik Ibsen....   [tags: literature, composition, ]
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Using Marxist Theory in the Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - ... All of her actions involving money have been a somewhat noble affair. Without an economic disruption like we see when Torvald’s life depends on money, we would not have 90% of the plot up until this point. The loan comes back into her reality when she is blackmailed by Krogstad. She doesn’t know how to handle his demand’s causing her to bluntly confront Torvald to secure Krogstad’s job. Torvald refuses to comply with her/his demands and blows the whole issue off. Nora cannot think of a way out of the problem so she contemplates committing suicide....   [tags: economic, greed, money]
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Nora's Child-like Nature in A Doll's House - ... Making use of the word “little” again revealing how he views his wife; “my” is also a frequent word in Torvald’s vocabulary. Torvald’s possessive nature prompts him to call Nora his no matter what pet-name he uses. The pattern of these possessive, diminutive pet-names such as “my little featherbrain” (3) reflect Torvald’s belief that Nora is another child of his, so much so that he actually refers to Nora specifically as a child on more than one occasion. Telling Nora that she talks like a child (3) and suggesting that “the child shall have her way” (2) further displays his feelings toward Nora....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen's novel analysis]
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The Controversial Theme of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - The Controversial Theme of A Doll's House      In his play, A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen depicts a female protagonist, Nora Helmer, who dares to defy her husband and forsake her "duty" as a wife and mother to seek out her individuality. A Doll's House challenges the patriarchal view held by most people at the time that a woman's place was in the home. Many women could relate to Nora's situation. Like Nora, they felt trapped by their husbands and their fathers; however, they believed that the rules of society prevented them from stepping out of the shadows of men....   [tags: Dolls House essays Feminism Society]
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Nora's Discovery of Self in Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Discovery of Self in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House       Ibsen's play, "A Doll House," involves a woman who begins the play as a common housewife and through a series of joyous occurrences and catastrophes becomes a self-liberating woman.  Nora Helmer is transformed and decides to abandon her family and home in search of her true self.  She arrives at this point because of several factors.  Her refusal to submit to her husband and her self-realization is brought on by the way she has been taught to act by her husband and her father, and the contradicting demands the situations that she has had to deal with gave her.  Her true devotion to herself is discovered because of the false...   [tags: Dolls House essays Henrik Ibsen]
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Transformation of Nora in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House - Transformation of Nora in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House During the time in which Henrik Isben's play, A Doll?s House, took place society frowned upon women asserting themselves. Women were supposed to play a role in which they supported their husbands, took care of their children, and made sure everything was perfect around the house. Nora is portrayed as a doll throughout the play until she realizes the truth about the world she lives in, and cuts herself free. Nora Helmer was a delicate character that had been pampered all of her life, by her father, and by Torvald....   [tags: Henrik Isben Dolls House Essays]
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A Doll's House Precis - Name of Playwright Henrik Isben Title of Play A Doll House Date of Composition 1879 Characters Torvald Helmer: Masculine, Righteous, and Sexist. Nora Helmer: Deceiving, a Spender, a little Naïve, Secretive. Dr. Rank: In Love, Caring, and Ill. Mrs. Linde: Desperate, Rational, and Intelligent. Niles Krogstad: Aggressive, Deceptive, and Immoral. The Helmer's Three Small Children: Unaware. Anne Marie: Loving, Custodial, and Maternal. Helene: Proficient, Accommodating, and Caring....   [tags: European Literature] 1173 words
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A Dolls House: A Push To Freedom - Sometime after the publication of "A Doll's House", Henrik Ibsen spoke at a meeting of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights. He explained to the group, "I must decline the honor of being said to have worked for the Women's Rights movement. I am not even very sure what Women's Rights are. To me it has been a question of human rights" ( ). "A Doll's House" is often interpreted by readers, teachers, and critics alike as an attack on chauvinistic behavior and a cry for the recognition of women's rights ( )....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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Nora's Symbolism in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Nora's Symbolism in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House       In every society power is the bringer of fortune and influence. In his play A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen portrays, through the character of Nora, the power women are gaining in patriarchal societies. Nora, who symbolizes all women, exercises her power throughout the entire play. She cleverly manipulates the men around her while, to them, she seems to be staying in her subordinate role. In all three acts of the play Nora controls many situations and yields the most power.  Act I, along with the introduction of Ibsen's tone and style, brought the introduction of power....   [tags: Dolls House essays Ibsen Nora Papers]
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Nora: An Extraordinary "Doll" in "A Doll's House" - Nora, the wife of Torvald Helmer and mother of three children, plays a fundamental role within Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," published in 1879. Nora's character demonstrates typical characteristics of the `average woman' during the 1870's and 1880's. Women were not regarded as equals according to men; however women did have a large impact on the economy. This was caused by large sums of money spent on several garments, costumes, and accessories. It was customary, not to mention fashionable, for a woman to wear undergarments, a bustle, narrow shoes, and an expensive, lavish dress as well....   [tags: European Literature] 959 words
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A Doll’s House - As a child progresses through the various stages of life, he or she may crawl across the knots of knitted carpet, gallop around the plastic structures of a schoolyard and weave amongst a mass of people, each one traveling a different route to arrive at destinations poles apart, but unless a sense of worth, instilled by a parent’s assurance, overflows from the mouth of this developing being, the journey to find oneself amid the throng of individuals will prove an arduous and extensive one—possibly spanning one’s lifetime....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Kate Chopin] 1610 words
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A Doll’s House - The enforcement of specific gender roles by societal standards in 19th century married life proved to be suffocating. Women were objects to perform those duties for which their gender was thought to have been created: to remain complacent, readily accept any chore and complete it “gracefully” (Ibsen 213). Contrarily, men were the absolute monarchs over their respective homes and all that dwelled within. In Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House, Nora is subjected to moral degradation through her familial role, the consistent patronization of her husband and her own assumed subordinance....   [tags: Character Analysis, Nora, Ibsen, Torvald] 1504 words
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A Doll’s House and Fathers and Sons - Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons reflect two unique societal struggles. While both texts deal with a main character attempting to overcome society’s resistance to progress, they delineate from each other in the characters’ relative successes as well as divergent societal implications. The formal cause of these differences is ultimately societal mores as well as contrasting aims: Ibsen deals with feminism, whereas Turgenev discusses nihilism. However, both novels were written in the 19th century and dealt with local issues, where the implications beyond their respective societies were disregarded....   [tags: Comparative, Ibsen, Turgenev] 1490 words
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Heroics of Women in Ibsens A Dolls House - Heroics of Women in Ibsens A Dolls House The Heroics of Women Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” is a play about a young wife and her husband. Nora and Helmer seem to be madly in love with one another and very happy with their lives together. Yet the conflict comes into this show when Nora brags to her friend Ms. Linde about how she had forged her father’s name to borrow money to save her husband’s life and how she had been secretly paying off this debt. Helmer finds out about this crime and is furious, until he finds that no one will ever know about it....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays] 1862 words
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - A Doll’s House “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths” (Louis Wyse). In Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, Nora Helmer portrays the Victorian English archetype of the “angel in the house”, otherwise known as the “doll” metaphor. In the Victorian age, the social construction of gender roles was much more traditional than contemporary gender roles; women had a clear role in society of which they could not escape. A major focus of social construction is to uncover the ways in which individuals and groups participate in the construction of their perceived social reality....   [tags: Gender Roles, Analysis]
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Feminism in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is.” This is very evident in both Antigone and a Doll’s House. Antigone is a Greek play by Sophocles about a young girl who decides to take on the task of burying her traitorous brother to honor the gods even though her tyrannical uncle Creon has outlawed the burial. A Doll’s House by Ibsen follows Nora Helmer, a housewife who has borrowed money without her husband’s knowledge or consent for the purpose of taking him to Italy for medical reasons....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles] 1463 words
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The Yellow Wallpaper and A Doll’s House - In society, there has always been a gap between men and women. Women are generally expected to be homebodies, and seen as inferior to their husbands. The man is always correct, as he is more educated, and a woman must respect the man as they provide for the woman’s life. During the Victorian Era, women were very accommodating to fit the “house wife” stereotype. Women were to be a representation of love, purity and family; abandoning this stereotype would be seen as churlish living and a depredation of family status....   [tags: Women's Oppression] 916 words
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Infiltration and Withdrawal in A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, a play originally written in Norwegian during the nineteenth century, provides an excerpt of the life of Nora and Torvald Helmer. Throughout the play, the characters experience struggle with situations such as emotional conflicts, keeping secrets, conversational exploitation, and physical distractions. Ibsen manipulates clothing to signal infiltration and withdrawal with the characters. The expressions of infiltration and withdrawal illustrates a spectrum from internally to externally....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen, Literary Analysis, Norway]
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A Doll’s House and The Cherry Orchard - Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard were famous for the way in which they depicted the changing of cultures. Both plays act as a sort of social commentary during times of widespread liberation, and use the contortive nature of these seemingly stereotypical characters’ actions to speak about groups of people as a whole. Throughout the course of both plays, this subversion of how different groups of people were typically perceived created a distinct contrast which often shocked and appalled audiences of the time....   [tags: Comparative, Ibsen, Chekhov] 1506 words
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Justice in Antigone and A Doll’s House - Before comparing these two pieces of works, the definition of justice is needed to address the question as fully as possible. Justice is a concept which involves fair and ethical treatment for everyone. It is usually seen as the continued effort to do what is right. In most cases this is done by making use of logic. This is the premise which is going to be used for justice when comparing the two works. Sophocles’ Antigone differs largely from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House since they were written in different centuries and different cultures, but at the same time both works share similarities....   [tags: Sophocles, ibsen, literature, plays, compare, cont]
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a 19th century realist play that was the first of its kind to analyze women’s roles in the typical household in such a stressed manner. Ibsen created this play for his audiences to become observers to observe his characters interact. As the play progresses, it is apparent that the characters mingle with one another in a very childish manner. Ibsen uses this childlike action in A Dolls House in order to convey the image that he sees to the observers. Ibsen uses childishness in the characters of A Dolls House to compare gender roles in 19th century Europe and ridicule the common household marriage of his day....   [tags: Women Roles, Children, Analysis]
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The Cherry Orchard and A Doll’s House. - People bring their downfalls upon themselves. Do certain habitually practice leave them wondering what wrong they did. Torvald from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Madame Ranevsky from Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard are left to start afresh at the end of the plays after they neglected a key element in their lives. Torvald toys with Nora, his wife, fulfilling only his wants and only his needs and abases her; never considering her his equal. The fallacious choice Madame Ranevsky makes concerning her home and family leads them to destitution and separation....   [tags: Neglect, Theme Analysis] 1198 words
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - ... In “A Doll’s House” it is shown that “a woman's place was in the home, as domesticity and motherhood were considered by society at large to be a sufficient emotional fulfillment for females” (Abrams). For Nora, marrying Helmer certainly did not signify any type of internal character change. Nora marries Helmer but their marriage wasn’t like normal marriages. It is clear that Nora considered Helmer more of as a father than a husband “In the raging debate over the morality of Nora’s behavior, however, it is altogether too easy to neglect Helmer’s dramatic function in the play....   [tags: ideal woman, victorian era] 910 words
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - ... . Nils, how would it be if we two shipwrecked people could join forces. … Two on the same piece of wreckage would stand a better chance than each on their own” which shows that Krogstad needed her as much as she needed him. Mrs. Linde belives that a husband and wife should be equals in a relationship and with this belief she tries convince Nora of opening up to Torvald. During Nora’s first conversation with Mrs. Linde she opens up and shares her secret with her old friend in an attempt to prove that she was not just a naïve child who hasn’t face any hardships....   [tags: mrs. linde, nora, helmer] 918 words
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A Dolls House: Nora - AN ANALYSIS OF NORA, THE MEN IN HER LIFE, AND HER NAVIGATATION TO INDEPENDENCE The play, A Doll House, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, is considered a  landmark in drama for its portrayal of realistic people, places, and situations. Ibsen  confines his story to the middle class. He writes of a society that is limited not only by its means of livelihood but also its outlook. Ibsen portrays his characters   as preoccupied with work and money, showing a reduction of values in and that lack of quality persons with morals. Ibsen takes this realistic story and invests it with  universal significance. Wrapped up in the technique of this well constructed  play, Ibsen is masterful in his prese...   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - In Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic play A Doll’s House there are many characters that have grown to be adults that they either do not wish to be or that they are expected to be. The character breakdown as the play goes from act to act is apparent. From a woman struggling to be the perfect wife and mother to a husband trying to be perfect and surround himself with people that are likewise we see that it is much harder to put on a mask to be something you are not. Nora Helmer is a simple woman. She is the mother to young children as well as an adoring wife to her husband Torvald....   [tags: torvald, nora, christine]
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A Dolls House: Nora - In Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, the personality of the protagonist Nora Helmer is developed and revealed through her interactions and conversations with the other characters in the play, including Mrs. Linde, Nils Krogstad, Dr. Rank and Ann-Marie. Ibsen also uses certain dramatic and literary techniques and styles, such as irony, juxtaposition and parallelism to further reveal interesting aspects of Nora’s personality. Mrs. Linde provides and interesting juxtaposition to Nora, while Krogstad initially provides the plot elements required for Nora’s character to fully expand in the play....   [tags: A Doll's House Essays] 1416 words
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Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House - A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen is a realistic drama that explores how the imbalanced treatment of women can dictate who they become. Nora Helmer embodies the need for evolution in regards to women and their roles within the family. The importance of this play, which was written in 1879, is still relevant in the modern world. This play helps to bring attention to the characters people play as a result of their circumstances. The characterization of Nora and Torvald Helmer is a testament to possible inequalities in marriage....   [tags: imbalanced treatment of women, literary analysis]
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Love in The Yellow Wallpaper, Hlls Like White Elephants, and A Doll's House - Love in The Yellow Wallpaper, Hlls Like White Elephants, and A Doll's House True love is the love that everyone fantasizes about. It is the love that is unconditional and everlasting. Love is very hard to define since everybody's concept of love is different. However, in order to achieve a good relationship, people must have a well balanced power structure in their relationship, and good understanding and communication between them. In the stories, "The Yellow Wallpaper,'; "Hills Like White Elephants,'; and "A Doll's House,'; one could see the lopsided relationship between the males and females....   [tags: Elephants Doll's Wallpaper Essays] 1708 words
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Existence of Two Worlds in One Doll House :Katherine Mansfield’s The Doll’s House - In Katherine Mansfield’s “The Doll’s House” the physical existence of the doll house is a representation of conflict within the two different worlds of adults and children. There are three main physical attributes belonging to the doll house used to exemplify the existing conflict within the two worlds. First the description of the doll house has opposites tones when described by the voice of an adult narrator, in contrast to the child narrator, portraying the existing conflict in both worlds. Furthermore the lamp inside the doll house is a symbol comparing the genuine and artificial societies in which cause the two worlds to conflict (Beveridge 5)....   [tags: conflict, tone, narrator, lamp, openness] 532 words
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Feminist Protagonists in The Awakening and A Doll's House - The Feminist Protagonists in The Awakening and A Doll's House   The idea of women's liberation is a common theme in both Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In her analysis of Feminism in Europe Katharine M. Rogers writes, " Thinking of Nora's painful disillusionment, her parting from her children, and the uncertainties of her future independent career, Ibsen called his play 'the tragedy of modern times'" (82). The main characters in each work, Nora Helmer, in A Doll House, and Edna Pontellier, in The Awakening, portray feminist ideas....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Comparing A Doll's House and Oedipus Rex - Comparing A Doll's House and Oedipus Rex Ibsen's drama "A Doll's House", serves as an example of the kind of issue-based drama that distinguishes Ibsen from many of his contemporaries. The play's dialogue is not poetic, but very naturalistic, and the characters are recognizable people. Given the sense of modernity which the play possesses it seems unusual to compare it to a Greek tragedy produced more than two-thousand years previously. On closer examination however, there are certain similarities between the way in which "A Doll's House" is plotted and a tragedy such as Oedipus Rex....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Misguided Messages in The Awakening and A Doll's House - Misguided Messages in The Awakening and A Doll's House Just because a novel is considered a classic doesn't mean the Messages it conveys to its readers are correct. Even though both The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen are great literary works, some of the ideas embodied in them aren't appropriate. Both works suggest that it is common for husbands to be condescending to their wives; that if a person has enough money, they can have someone else raise their children for them; and that if a marriage gets hard, the couple should just give up on each other....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 718 words
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The Theme Of Death In Othello and A Doll's House - The theme of death is present in many works of literature. It is given metaphors and cloaked with different meanings, yet it always represents an end. Every end signifies a new beginning, and every death gives rise to a new birth. Physical death “...is mere transformation, not destruction,” writes Ding Ming-Dao. “What dies is merely the identity, the identification of a collection of parts that we called a person. What dies is only our human meaning” (49). Figuratively speaking, death symbolizes a change, an interruption or cessation of regular routine....   [tags: compare contrast essays] 1068 words
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Doll's House - Faults Written in the Stars During the Ancient Grecian time periods, tragedy meant death because one defied against an outer prophecy. Modern day tragedy was simply realism, the unspoken way of life. In Sophocles' Oedipus the King and Ibsen's A Doll's House, the main characters - Nora and Oedipus, are both constructed to illustrate flaws in society and how naive people are. Ibsen and Sophocles both developed tragedy into a central idea that all people surreptitiously understand. Nora and Oedipus make incompetent decisions that assist in discovering their fundamental nature as tragic heroes and provoke sorrow and pity among the audience....   [tags: essays research papers] 664 words
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Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Doll's House - Only Peace in Death Tragedy has been apart of human history since the dawning of civilization. Man has been plunged into terrible tragedies for ages. But not until the Greeks and prominent playwrights such as Sophocles did tragedy take on into its own on the stage. Out of this rebirth of tragedy came what has been considered, even by Aristotle himself, the greatest tragedy ever written, Oedipus the King. He delves into the human psyche: bringing forth the notion of predestination, a supposition desperately believed in by humans, betraying the fatal flaws of his hero and manifesting the suffering brought upon the hero by his tragic downfall....   [tags: essays research papers] 1052 words
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Portrayal Of Sexism In Ibsen's The Doll's House - English A1 Oral Presentation Transcript Portrayal of Sexism in Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Doll’s House’ Ibsen was a pioneer of the realistic social drama. Unlike playwrights who came before him, he was very concerned with portraying realistic social settings and illustrating a conflict resulting from social pressures and mores. Ibsen also endeavors to show the blatant sexism rampant in the country at the time. This is shown In part by the unequal nature of Torvald and Nora’s marriage. At first glance, one might think that the Helmers have a successful marriage—but only at a superficial level....   [tags: Henrik Ibsen] 1453 words
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Nora's Decision to Leave in A Doll's House - Many women in modern society make life altering decisions on a daily basis. Women today have prestigious and powerful careers unlike in earlier eras. It is more common for women to be full time employees than homemakers. In 1879, when Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll's House, there was great controversy over the out come of the play. Nora’s walking out on her husband and children was appalling to many audiences centuries ago. Divorce was unspoken, and a very uncommon occurrence. As years go by, society’s opinions on family situations change....   [tags: Ibsen, literary analysis, analytical essay] 1431 words
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Defying Social Constraints in A Doll's House - I really liked this play along with the other ones we have read in class. However, this plays seems to stand out to me because it takes a feminist point of view. It is always good to go inside the role of a woman and see how they feel and act upon their own thoughts. Good literature helps us to learn about how other people think and act. Moreover, when we can relate the characters actions to our lives or the world around us the meaning is more personal and beneficial. For some reason, I feel like many women out there really do feel like Nora....   [tags: European Literature] 541 words
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Free Essay - Nora in Act 1 in Ibsen's A Doll's House - The Character of Nora in Act 1 of A Doll's House The character of Nora, of Isben's A Doll's House, is particularly difficult to interpret. Her character is constructed by the combination of a number of varying traits.   Throughout Act 1 her ambiguity is particularly prominent. Her frivolous, playful moments are readily followed by moments of practicality and astuteness. It is not surprising that Nora is such a changeable character for she is constantly interchanging between three main roles: a supporting wife, fundamental mother and sexual being....   [tags: Dolls House essays] 582 words
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Dolls House: Themes And Theatrics - Ever since "A Doll House" first came to the stage in the 1880's, critics have argued vehemently about the Ibsen's intentions while writing the play, and the ambivalence over the play confused not only the plays but also the audience: while some patrons praised the play, others stormed the stages in protest of Nora's abandonment of her family. The difference of opinion ranged so far as to incite patron who, after reading reviews of the play that objected to the dialogue in the play, did not hear objectionable dialogues to accuse directors of censorship while in fact "not a word has been cut" and "the text they found so innocent contained every one of the enormities d...   [tags: A Doll's House Essays]
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