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A Doll's House: 5 Elements

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A Dolls House 5 Elements Introduction Henrik Ibsen was born on the 20th March 1828 Plot Form and Structure Visual, Spacial and Aural Ibsen once said, " A prop is worth a thousand words" it is proved that he thoroughly believed this in the design of his set and use of props in his plays. In "A Dolls House" the set itself has been designed so that the cosy environment that surrounds Nora has been arranged to suit her husband's tastes, making it seem as if she's trapped within. She rarely settles but paces the floor as if in the confines of a cage. The two doors (one leading into Helmer's study and one into the street) symbolise the choice that Nora has to make. Either she stays trapped in her present life or she leaves. Throughout the play there are 40 references to doors being open and closed this represents different decisions. ...read more.


This represents how Nora dresses up her marriage like she dressed the tree up but eventually all is revealed. The sweet macaroon biscuits that Nora conceals from Helmer reveal her childlike attitude because this shows that she has the capability to deceive and delight in secret rebelliousness against Helmer's parental authority over her. An example of this is on page 27 "(wags his finger). Has my little sweet-tooth been indulging herself in town today, by any chance?" just this sentence on its own shows who's in charge in the relationship and how Helmer sees his wife. When Nora rehearses the tarantella she is wearing a long multicoloured shawl with feathers on which reinforces the fact that Helmer called her a songbird. But for the actual performance at the party she wears a long black shawl. ...read more.


dramatic irony Contextualising the Play This play focuses on the way that women are seen, especially in the context of marriage and motherhood. Torvald, in particular, has a very clear and narrow definition of a woman's role. He believes that it is the sacred duty of a woman to be a good wife and mother. Moreover, he tells Nora that women are responsible for the morality of their children. In essence, he sees women child-like, helpless creatures. The perception of manliness is also discussed, though in a much more subtle way. Nora's description of Torvald suggests that she is partially aware of the lies inherent in the male role as much as that of the female. Torvald's conception of manliness is based on the value of total independence. He hates the idea of financial or moral dependence on anyone. Tied to the discussion of men and women are the frequent references to Nora's father. ...read more.

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