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AS and A Level: Henrik Ibsen

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    Social Historical Bacground - A Dolls House

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    "A Dolls House" featured simple prose and was about people of different statutory. The Royal Theatre was frequented by both people of high status and low status. This only scandalised audiences even more as the higher status audiences were disgusted whilst lower status audience members applauded Ibsen. "A Dolls House" was the centre of conversations in Copenhagen and soon news of the scandalous play travelled across Denmark and beyond. By the following year the play had reached audiences in Europe whilst by 1990 the play had appeared in most continents of the world.

    • Word count: 948
  2. How does the character of Nora Helmer develop during Act Two?

    When Nora says, "Why, I've got three small children", the audience is reminded of Torvald's opinions on criminal mothers and Nora's fearful reaction at the end of Act One, giving Ibsen the perfect opportunity to show how this has developed. When Nora calmly tells Anne-Marie that she would not be "able to spend so much time with them", the audience is aware of the reasoning behind this statement, although Ibsen does not make this explicit through Nora's fragmented monologues. However, Nora begins to hint at another plan which the audience is ignorant of.

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  3. Confinement and self-liberation in 'A Doll's House'

    In addition to this, the image of doors in A Doll's House contributes significantly in conveying Nora's internment within her home. For example, the opening stage direction describes a main living room - providing the focus of the dramatic action - with four doors; one leads to Torvald's study, and represents patriarchal authority, one leading to the nursery, representing her responsibilities as a mother, and one leading to the outside world, offering Nora the prospect of liberation. Doors are used throughout the play to reinforce her confinement within her home.

    • Word count: 1829
  4. Confinement and self-liberation in 'Hedda Gabler'

    Typically symbolising creativity and a mode of personal expression, it is significant that it is moved from the drawing-room to Hedda's smaller room - a visual representation of her mind and inner thoughts - symbolising the repression of her creative 'self'. Through the tightly controlled setting of Hedda Gabler, Ibsen effectively portrays the restriction of Hedda in her house, thus confirming the audience's interpretation of Hedda as a prisoner. In addition to this, the 'french windows' are a specific aspect of the setting which contributes significantly in emphasising Hedda's confinement within her home and her desire to be emancipated from the restrictions imposed on her, as with doors in A Doll's House.

    • Word count: 1591
  5. Write a Page on Your First Impressions of Nora from A Dolls House.

    Through the shadows I fancy I see a banshee, silhouetted by the candlelight, long ago had I shed my need to take comfort from such wild tales of fairies and imps but now anew memory of childhood days enthralled me. 'Helen!' The voice repeats my name. I raise my frail weak body and draw back the curtains and before me is not a phantom but the face of one who brings a smile to my lips and a gleam to my eyes.

    • Word count: 700
  6. Opening act of "A doll's house". The 1st act of any play is more than just an exposition. It shows the strengths and weaknesses of the playwright clearly. Comment on this in regard to the play.

    But apart from all this, the most difficult thing the playwright has to do in the first act is make it interesting and gripping. This is extremely significant because if the first act of the play is not gripping enough, the readers won't like to go ahead. This situation is just like how, on a bad foundation, any kind of structure won't last long and so nothing can be built upon it. So, the dramatist is supposed to catch the reader's interest and then retain it too, making the first act almost like a mini play in itself.

    • Word count: 578
  7. A brief analysis of 'A Doll's House' By Ibsen

    Marriage was incredibly serious during them times and it was not accepted for people to split up from a marriage. They felt that when getting married they should only accept the other person if they were happy to live with them forever until death as the as the priest when getting married says: "Until death do us part" Each person when in a marriage had there own role; for the women they had to mainly work as housewives (although there were exceptions)

    • Word count: 851
  8. A Dolls house Language

    By doing this I discovered things like the play was firstly written in Norwegian and then translated into many languages along with many more complex things. Back in lessons I was doing tasks that specifically looked at the language in the play. For example before rein acting a scene from the play the whole class gathered in a circle to do a warm up exercise which evolved around the line; "What did you do to die today at a minute or two to two, a thing distinctly hard to say but a harder thing to do".

    • Word count: 1092
  9. My Production Notes on A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen.

    Nora likes to spend and buy pretty things. Where as Helmer is more concerned, as he is the man of the house and in charge of money and manly duties like work. Helmer then asks Nora if she has been into the sweet shop she lies him to him and says no. This shows she is under pressure to be slim for her husband and also that she doesn't always tell him the truth It is Christmas Eve and Mrs Linde an old friend of Nora arrives at the door.

    • Word count: 1694
  10. In-order to analyse the language in A Dolls House I am going to focus on to scenes, which are the first and last scene, by doing this I wish to portray Nora's change in character.

    Helmer begins the book with the word "Is that my skylark twittering out there?" we instantly are portrayed the image of Helmer seeing his wife as an animal, almost a s*x object, something that has no real value, but is just there in sight. When Nora asks her husband to come and see what she has bought from her shopping trip her husband conveys his authority by exclaiming, "You mustn't disturb me". Nora continues the scene in a lower status and continues having to answer to Helmers every question and concern.

    • Word count: 524
  11. Henrik Ibsen

    Han l�mnade dock Norge bakom sig 1864 och under 30 �r kom han att bo i Italien, och senare Dresden och M�nchen. Henrik Ibsen r�knas som skapare av det moderna prosadramat och anses vara Nordens fr�mste dramatiker. Redan under sin livstid spelades hans dramer runtom p� Europas scener.

    • Word count: 451

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