A Doll's House Antirealism Essay

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Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian poet, playwright, and theatre director during the 19th century, Ibsen has been considered one of the most important and influential dramatists of his time, often referred to as the father of realism and a leading activist in the, revolution and transformation of modern drama. This is especially evident through his plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabbler. Ibsen is also associated as being one of the first advocates for women 's rights. Through his plays, Ibsen challenged society, the values of the class systems, and the liberties and basic rights of an individual.

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is often proclaimed as one of his more “realistic” plays that that is famous for its controversial themes and outrageously new outlook on life in this time period and examines the social facade, pretence and hypocrisy within society through Torvald’s and Nora’s marriage. However, considering the portrayal of Nora and the exposure of society’s deepest, darkest secrets that provoked an extreme response from the performance’s original audience, perhaps Ibsen’s realist play should be considered as “antirealism” due to the unthinkable direction Ibsen took the play in within it’s final scenes. The ending to the play is often classified as anti-realist due to how very unrealistic that scenario would be for that time era, causing an uproar from critics and society. Ibsen uses A Doll’s House as a way to uncover and reveal to the audiences the corruption and dynamiter of all social and economic deceit and
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It is also a symbol as to the way, in which Nora see’s herself, which is as a “Doll” who has no control over her own life or independence, but has merely gone from being her father’s daughter to her husband’s wife without ever thinking or doing anything for
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