Analysis Of Henrik Ibsen 's ' A Doll 's House '

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Rachel Ihasz
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Author: Henrik Ibsen

Date of Publication: December 1879 Genre: A Doll’s House is a naturalistic/ realistic play with Victoriana-Era flair; (also a modern tragedy in play form) that deals with real life family crises of the 1870s’.

Title: A Doll’s House

1. Style
a. Point of View - Since A Doll’s House is written in play form, all of the action is displayed in front of the audience with actors portraying the roles. We as readers only get to read the text of the play. However there is no particular scope to visualize any individual character perspective. Further more, the point of view is third person, limited.
b. Structure – Every act starts with scene direction. Ibsen also only wrote three acts, with no scenes inside the acts. His play includes no asides, interior monologues, or soliloquies.
c. Diction – Most of Ibsen word choice is ironic, particular, and precise with a touch of satire. Most of Torvalds’s lines are said in one way but interpreted in another, especially when he speaks to Nora. To him, he’s just calling her cute little pet names like “ My little skylark,” or “My little songbird,” but to her, it feels like he’s talking to her as if she were mere child. Specific words such as “child” or “naive”(said by M. Linde), or “little”, “obstinate”, “helpless”, and “childish”(said by Torvald) further explains their perception of her personality and persona. Ibsen didn’t place them in for cute little pet names; almost…
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