A Doll 's House By Henrik Ibsen

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Written in 1879, A Doll 's House remains one of the most famous works by playwright Henrik Ibsen, the founder of modern realism. The play utilizes the themes and organization of classical tragedy and manifests Ibsen’s concern for human rights. A Doll’s House tells the story of Nora Helmer, a traditional nineteenth century woman, who breaks the social chains of society that define her role in marriage in order to find herself. Nora’s husband, Torvald, defines his life by what society considers acceptable and cares more about the appearance of his home life than of his wife’s happiness. Torvald does not treat his wife as an equal, but as a foolish child who requires guidance and instruction. Along with two of my classmates, I was assigned the task of acting out a scene from Act III of Ibsen’s play. To fully convey Torvald’s distorted views on marriage and women’s roles to the audience, I carefully and strategically altered my tone of voice, my movements, my costume and my props. Torvald 's incapability to see beyond his own "house" and view the world at large, together with his corrupted view of right and wrong, lead A Doll 's House to its pitiful end: a life without Nora. By changing the tone and volume of my voice in my performance, I accurately depicted a male character and also conveyed Torvald’s demeaning attitudes towards his wife, Nora. In an attempt to play a role of the opposite gender, I lowered my voice to sound more like a man for the entire scene. I altered the

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