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A Doll's House: Persuasive Writing

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A Doll's House: Persuasive Writing Biendislina Avenue, 29th Street, Oslo, Norway 05 February 2005 Mr. Ibsen Dear Mr. Ibsen, I am a student of the IB program in Abu Dhabi, and I have read your fantastic play, A Doll's House. I found that its radical and very different message about human rights and equality between men and women was very eloquently conveyed. I have also had the opportunity to read the alternate German ending to your play, where instead of leaving Torvald after a heated argument, Nora looks in at her sleeping children and is overcome by the image, deciding to stay. I would like to express my opinion to you - regarding which ending I like better- and hopefully you will consider what I have to say. I would also like to tell you that I wish not to break too much from formalities, but please do pardon any minor informal language you may come across; I find they are necessary for me to persuade a person, especially one of your skill and caliber. ...read more.


I also believe that your original ending restores and conveys your message about human rights and equality of the sexes much more effectively. When the argument between Nora and Torvald ends with Nora leaving and shutting the door, there is quite a lasting impact on the audience. Such an ending accentuates the need for Nora to leave her "doll-like" imprisonment behind her and start anew. I disliked the alternate ending because I felt that it was not as effective at displaying Nora's "doll" type existence and conveying your message about human rights. As I have already said, the original ending accentuates the message with its dramatic finish. The alternate ending, which has Nora stay after seeing her sleeping children, loses the urgent feeling that Nora simply has to leave her Torvald associated life behind. The audience gets the impression that Nora thinks the others in her life are more important, yet, according to my interpretation of your well-crafted play, that is not the case. ...read more.


And to those that say that the alternate ending is the better of the two because it makes the play, and Nora, seem more realistic, and it is more suited for the Victorian time period as the crowd would be more accepting, I say nay for the very same reasons that I have mentioned above. Therefore, Mr. Ibsen, I strongly urge you to maintain your original ending. It is by this ending that your message of human rights is most effectively conveyed to the audience. It is also by this ending that the most radical idea is expressed. When Lenin expressed radical new Communist ideas to Russia in 1917 at the time of his rise to power, he changed Russia and many other parts of the world for eons to come. You are capable of doing the same thing, Mr. Ibsen, by preserving your original ending. Only, you will show the people the need for human rights, and you will change the way woman, and humans in general, are treated all over Norway, and eventually, the world. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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