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GCSE: Henrik Ibsen
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Miss Julie takes place over a very short time interval in the kitchen of the Count's country house. Although the kitchen is the only room visible on stage, there are numerous references to the Count's rooms on the upper floor that allude to the social order ruling over the life of the inhabitants of the household. Thus, Strindberg's choice of the kitchen as the set of the play may be understood in terms of the hierarchy of social class found in society at the time.
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Krogstad's appearance obviously startles her, and her anxiety is revealed when she questions him "tensely and in a low voice". She also seems more relieved when she finds that it is "Only dull official business". Her relieved words "So it's only" and Krogstad's excess assurance "nothing else whatever", arouses suspicion of their relationship, and the possibility of them having some other secret 'business' with each other. This is revealed soon after, when Krogstad visits again but this time insists on seeing her.
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Nora says that she borrowed the money from her father. Whilst talking about Torvald, Mrs Linde asks if there is a possibility of employment at the bank. Nora agrees and Mrs. Linde becomes grateful: "especially since you [NORA] know so little of the worries and hardships of life". This annoys Nora, as loaning the money has been worrying, so she gives a more detailed account of what happened to Torvald, highlighting that the illness was life threatening. She also reveals someone else leant the money, not her father. She informs Mrs Linde that this information is unknown to Torvald, as he is against loaning money.
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The next feature of the main plot is when Krogstad enters towards the end of Act one, placing pressure on Nora to repay the loan, and threatening to tell Torvald of the debt and forgery. He then blackmails her, threatening not only to reveal it to Torvald, but also to use it on Torvald to climb his way up the business ladder, eventually to join Torvald at the top, he also reveals the I.O.U. that he has kept as evidence.
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Alving- to defeat social constraints according to which they have structured their lives. The great dramatist Ibsen masterfully reveals the disastrous consequences on his heroines' psyches and souls this social canon of conformity inflicts. Through the subtle play of light, language and stage position, Ibsen reinforces the tragic circumstance in which Hedda and Mrs. Alving exist, the mundane lamp and living-room furniture encapsulate the deep tragedy of human beings and simultaneously show Ibsen's naturalistic talent in portraying life. In "Hedda Gabler" the movement of the protagonist's own pieces of furniture in the front and back room are emphasizing and helping even the spectator to anticipate her following action.
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