A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen

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English: Analysis of Drama IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER: 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 …show more content…

The journey towards her self-actualization and rising freedom can be found within her relationships with the men in her life. This ultimately identifies the relevant thematic elements that are pivotal for Nora's character development from a vapid child posing as what ever will get her through the day into a inquisitive woman. Nora develops her potential as a true mature person with the experience and knowledge that she has a longer journey ahead of her. A Doll House makes extensive use of the father's name, and the father figure. Ibsen subtly unravels the family as a male dominated society almost fatally preoccupied with its own masculine image while trapping those who would believe in the myth. A Doll House utilizes the father as a complex metaphor for a larger social problem which constrains both men and women. Nora's persona and her developing maturity are completely controlled and motivated by, her father's name, Torvald, and Dr. Rank: the father-figures in her life. The opening scenes of A Doll House focus on Torvald and Nora Helmer preparing for Christmas with the children. The family's economic problems establish Nora's pending conflict, along with Torvald's position of authority. This comes both from his economic dominance and from his (and Nora's) belief in his superiority. He rules Nora and his children like a parody of a God. He creates and subjugates through the animal

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