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To understand the meaning of A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen we read the whole script. To go deeper into the meaning we used our own drama abilities to explore.

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Explorative Strategies- Task One To understand the meaning of A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen we read the whole script. To go deeper into the meaning we used our own drama abilities to explore. We used Hot-Seating, Collages, and Still Image. All of these three things helped me understand the meaning of the play and explore the characters further. The script does not tell me everything I need to know, a lot of things are hidden, and techniques are needed to protrude facts. When you begin to understand the play you begin to appreciate what a fantastic play writer Ibsen actually is. We used Hot Seating at first in the exam. The teacher would say a character and the stage the character is at in the play. The character I have chosen to analyse is Nora. Vicki played Nora in Hot-Seating. We all asked her questions to see how she answered her. This helped a lot as we were finding things out about Nora that are not bluntly stated in the script. For example we find out why she has macaroons and how it builds up tension. When Vicki was being Nora it made me realise what Ibsen was doing with the Macaroons. He was building up tension bit by bit. The macaroons were showing the reader of the play that Torvald had some kind of control over Nora and that she had a disobedient side to her. ...read more.

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Another way Ibsen shows the reader socialism can collapse over something so minor. We used Still-Image in the exam to help us understand the play. We formed groups and had to construct 5 images that represent what happens from the beginning to the end of the play. Our first image was of Torvald standing over Nora. This showed me that at the beginning of the play Nora was being overpowered by Torvald. The second image was of Mrs. Linde coming into the house. Helmer was being blown back from her power. It showed us that Mrs Linde has some knowledge for Nora that Torvald does not like at all. We used three other people as a barrier to show Mrs Linde breaking through the barrier. The barrier is Nora's mind. Once Mrs Linde breaks the barrier (Enters the house) she influences Nora to be independent. The third image was of Dr. Rank and Nora flirting, this was just to show that this happens in the play no deeper meaning was supposed to be conveyed in my opinion. The fourth image was of Torvald in a circle of people with their backs to him. The people were Dr. Rank, Nora, Mrs Linde, and Krogstad. Mrs Linde and Krogstad were together, Nora was alone, and so was Dr. Rank. ...read more.

Conclusion

The train track guides the Yellow brick road. Like Mrs Linde guides Nora out of the house. Even though Nora makes the decision herself. There is an eye in my collage with is half open and half closed. The eyelashes are curled up nicely on the shut eyelid and the eyelashes are stretched out on the open eye. This again is representing Helmer and Nora's relationship. The closed eye is the beginning of the relationship when their eyes are closed to what Ibsen's way of life should be like. Ibsen's view and Torvald's view are very different. It is almost like they are arguing in the script. The eyelashes show that everything is neat and tidy in their relationship at this point. The open eye represents the later stage of their relationship; the eye has opened up to reality. Nora has realised she does not love Torvald. She must leave. The eyelashes stretched out represent that the truth is out and Torvald knows about Nora's secrets. Hot-seating, Still-Image and Collages have shown me many things about the script that I would have not known if I had of just read the script through once. We used these techniques to learn about Ibsen's purpose in this play and how it was supposed to be ingested. Still- image activated my independancy to search through the play myself so did the collage. The Hot-seating was difficult to perform in but watching other actors/actresses perform did bennfit me a lot. ...read more.

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