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"A Doll's House" Henryk Ibsen.

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Question 1) The relationship between Nora and Torvald is a strange one by our standards but when the play was written it would have been quite usual. In the beginning of the play it seems to be an almost childish relationship in the sense that he uses words like scamper and fritter and calls Nora Squirrel and little bird. He also sees her as childlike and defenceless, a view held by men about women then. He blames women for the morality of the children and for the purity of the world through their influence in the home. She plays along with his games and is a loving wife although later we learn she has an ulterior motive. Nora and Torvald both fell in love with the conceptions of each other, not their real selves. ...read more.

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She keeps trying to change the subject when Dr Rank talks about his illness and inevitable death almost as if she is trying to shut these things out of her life. Question 3) When writing cross-gender as Ibsen did you must disregard any Ideals that your sex has of the opposite sex so as to "step into their shoes". At the time when Ibsen wrote this play that would have been very difficult as there were many stereotypes held by both sexes that would need to be ignored. The main difficulties is that you must not only portray the character but also their feelings and reactions to their surrounding environment. In the case of A Dolls House he would have had to portray Nora's character accurately in order to show how the she felt and reacted to Torvald and the rest of the characters in the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is due to this life style of having everything provided for her that led her to become the superficial materialistic woman she is. Question 6) Throughout the play we can see several notes of contrast or comparison between the characters of Nora and Mrs Linde. Nora and Mrs Linde are both very different people due to their lifestyle and upbringing. To begin with Mrs Linde is older than Nora and therefore has more life experience. She is also single and has to live by herself and get a job to support herself, a valuable thing that enables her to see the value of money. From living in the "Real" world Mrs Linde has a better sense of morality, which Nora lacks, in some areas. Nora is a very materialistic and superficial due to her sheltered lifestyle. Although she seems kind and caring she is very self orientated and her lifestyle revolves around money and how to get it. By Spencer Harrison ...read more.

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