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.

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. There are certain aspects the playwright has to keep in mind when he writes the first act of his play. Usually, most of the first acts of plays are as already mentioned, expositions. The writer introduces the protagonist, the antagonist, the setting of the time. Moreover, not only does he set the mood for the rest of the play but he also starts building some dramatic tension between his characters and starts giving us hints about what is going to happen next. 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. To make the first act attention-grabbing, the dramatist must introduce a conflict - between characters, between situations - and thus build the dramatic tension of the play. This is similar to what Ibsen did in doll's house. He not only made

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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.

The playwright's use of language helps the reader to learn more about the characters and it also helps gain a better feel for particular situations, and to understand the overall meaning. 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. Nora begins the play by acting in a typical feminist role where the man is dominating the woman and she is obeying every rule as of the stereotype of men having a higher status then women. 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 sex 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. The roles do not necessary turn in the last scene but we sense Nora being more assertive and confident. Its as if she finally realises she is no longer an object. She first shows her confidence by being able to demand Helmer to sit as she has "a lot to say". By Helmer, doing as he is told instantly shows us Nora's success,

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Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen Den norska dramatikern Henrik Ibsen föddes år 1828 i den lilla byn Skien. Hans pappa var en köpman och därför ganska välbärgad. Familjen frotterade sig i de borgerliga kretsarna. Detta liv i sus och dus fick dock ett abrupt slut när fadern gick i konkurs. Det fanns inte längre pengar till att han Henrik i den finaste skolan. Så hans utbildning blev eftersatt. Under 7 år var han apotekslärling i Grimstad. Detta hindrade honom dock inte från att ta examen som privatist. Hans liv fick dock en häftig vändning 1851 när han blev anställd som dramatisk författare efter det att han fått sina första dramer publicerade, Brynjolf Bjarme och Christina Theater. Han lämnade dock Norge bakom sig 1864 och under 30 år kom han att bo i Italien, och senare Dresden och München. Henrik Ibsen räknas som skapare av det moderna prosadramat och anses vara Nordens främste dramatiker. Redan under sin livstid spelades hans dramer runtom på Europas scener. Han första drama skrev han 1850 och det hette "Catilina", det skrev han redan när han pluggade privat. Den har dock aldrig spelats och det är inte speciellt många som har läst den. Nej då är dramat "Kongsemnene" desto kändare. Det räknas till hans första storverk och är en historisk pjäs som utspelas på 1200-talet. Den var en avspegling av det politiska läget i Norge under den tiden. Hans största

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