What women’s lives are like in the play “A Doll House” by Henrik Ibsen

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“A Nineteenth Century Husband’s Letter to His Wife,” 1783-1785, and “A Marxist Approach to A Doll House 1785-1787.

Answer one of the following. Use specific examples and explication from the play for support (see rubric below).:

1). Ibsen’s a Doll House stunned Norwegian audiences when it was first produced—it was as if they were exposed to the dynamics in their own houses, as if the “4th wall” had been lifted in their own living rooms. Reading it now, do the issues still seem relevant? Choose one aspect of the characters’ lives or relationships to discuss.

2). Nora lies several times in the play. What kind of lies are they? Do her lies indicate that she is not to be trusted, or are they a sign of something else about her personality?

3). Why does Nora reject Helmer’s efforts to smooth things over between them and start again. Do you have any sympathy for Helmer?

4). Describe Krogstad’s character. Does his shift in the play—from villainy to generosity seem adequately motivated?

5). What are women’s lives like in the play? Discuss two characters.

4 points, 200-250 words. Supply page #s in parenthesis after quotes.

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