A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

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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


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 married. Views and opinions were vitally important in

those days, they had a massive effect on people’s lives, as meeting a

widowed woman would have been horrific, simply because people saw

marriage as such a major obstacle. Marriage was incredibly serious

during them times and it was not accepted for people to split up from

a marriage. They felt that when getting married they should only

accept the other person if they were happy to live with them forever

until death as the as the priest when getting married says:

“Until death do us part”


Each person when in a marriage had there own role; for the women they

had to mainly work as housewives (although there were exceptions) and

for the men they had to get a job and bring in the income for there

relationship to live. It was just “the done thing” there were no

reasons why a man could not stay at home and look after the house why

the women worked it was just the way people presumed it to go. This is

still pushing the boundaries of today...

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...on. Divorce

was unacceptable, as I have briefly mentioned before. The play itself

is poignant as it set around the Christmas holiday, this is a time for

giving, loving and sharing etcetera, where as Nora is doing the

opposite. Also this is ironic as Nora’s father was a priest for the

Christian religion. Nora believes in this miracle throughout the whole

play, the fact that she is going to be free.

Overall, all of these events played a massive role on Henrik Ibsen and

influenced him incredibly leading to the naturalistic play of “A dolls

house”. Without these cultural, historical and social issues taking

place the play would not have turned out any thing like it did. Not

only did the issues have a massive effect on the play but also the

play had a massive effect on the issues. Taking each step a little

closer with things like the right for women to vote.

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