A Doll's House - Basics

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  • A03 = context - 50%
  • A04 = Comparisons - 25%
  • A05 = Interpretions - 12.5%
  • A01 = understanding - 12.5%

Types of plays:

  • The well made play: A 19th centurary form of play. As said by Marvin Calson "The well made play became and still remainds the traditional modle of the play construction."
  • Melodrama
  • Realism: Unafraid to present chracters as ordinary, important or unable to answer questions, the Realism play presends the social and phychological problems of ordinary life where people are victims of larger forces than themselfs. This is a very Marxist form of play.
  • Naturalism: Follows the Romantic movement. Emilé Zola - "Speaking the truth dosn't require a special tone."


  • Marriage
  • Money and debt
  • Unreliability of apperiances
  • Men and masculintiy
  • Personal and political freedom
  • Parental responcibility
  • Women and feminity


  • Locked door
  • Tarentella dress
  • Piano
  • Christmas tree
  • Mirror
  • Macaroons

Henrik Ibsen's life

  • Norweigen
  • Born in March 1828
  • Humanist rather than feminist
  • The play 'A Doll's House' was first performed in 1879

Maxist, feminist and physcoanalytic views:

  • Capitalism and economy
  • What women are like and what they are percieved to be
  • Freud -  Ego(consious), ID(subconsious) and super ego(external influence)
  • Societal norms and values


  • Social context
    • Women
    • Norway was under Danish contorl until 1814
    • Laura Kyle was a real mother who it Ibsen may have taken insperation from, she had her children taken away from her just like Nora.
    • Men hold power - Men in the play hold a clear power over women even men who have been


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