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Literary Analysis: a Doll House

  • Date Submitted: 10/25/2010 08:34 AM
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A Doll House is a play by Norwegian poet Henrik Ibsen.   Ibsen devoted his entire life to the theater.   Ibsen is said to have changed the history of the stage. Henrik Ibsen was born March 20, 1828, in Skien.   Around 1851 Ibsen accepted the position of theater poet at the National Theater.   He was there for six years. In 1857 he became director of the Norwegian Theater in Christiania.   He left Norway and did not return for almost thirty years. He became well known in Rome, and in Munich. Ibsen returned to Christiania, and he died on May 23, 1906.   One of the most famous plays Ibsen wrote was A Doll House.   Ibsen used many different techniques to write this play.   One could not say that Ibsen did not convey the times in his writings. He used the way that women were treated at the time to really create an understanding.   In A Doll House, Ibsen uses plot, symbols, and history, to create a play that would and did captivate some of its viewers and upset and panic others.
What is the plot Ibsen writes in A Doll House, and why did he write it that way?   Ibsen wanted to make the people watching his plays feel what he was feeling.   He wanted them to leave with a sense and understanding.   There is one main setting for this play.   The entire play takes place at Helmer’s apartment.   The play begins on Christmas Eve.  Nora is making preparations for Christmas.  Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde enter.  While Linde speaks with Nora, Rank speaks with Torvald in the study.  Linde’s husband died and she needs to find a job, so she asks Nora to ask her husband to give her a job at the bank.  Krogstad arrives at the apartment and enters the study to talk to Torvald.   The topic of the conversation between the two was all about Krogstad keeping his job at the bank.   Krogstad stops to talk to Nora.   He tells Nora to ask her husband to keep him, or else he will reveal that Nora had committed forgery.  Nora asks Torvald not to fire Krogstad.  Some time passes and once again Nora asks Torvald not...


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