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A Doll's House - Literary Touchstone Edition (edition 2005)

by Henrik Ibsen

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Title:A Doll's House - Literary Touchstone Edition
Authors:Henrik Ibsen
Info:Prestwick House, Inc. (2005), Edition: 2005, Paperback, 88 pages
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I think this play has been misinterpreted a lot. For many the consensus is that Nora is treated abominably by Helmer and that in leaving him at the end she delivers some sort of pre-feminist blow to her demolished husband who begs her to stay. I see it, though, as a criticism of Ibsen’s society where neither the woman nor the man was able to find fulfilment in marriages where they were expected to play certain roles. I see Helmer’s transformation at the end as a sincere one, indicated in part by his just wanting to be able to offer help to Nora in her post-married life. Just as Nora is one doll, manipulated by society in this doll’s house, so is Helmer, living in the same house, a doll whose actions are dictated by society. And while Nora is convinced at the end that there can’t be the miracle of miracles with a change in Torvald’s behaviour – with the slamming of the door adding weight to the irreversibility – I think Nora may now be doing Torvald a wrong.

Over the years I have got to know this play very well – and to continue to enjoy it so I guess that is the mark of writing that has substance and interest and layers of meaning to discuss in it. ( )
  evening | Jan 28, 2014 |
This is, in my opinion, one of the most important women's rights books ever written. I am by no means a modern feminist, but I really did enjoy this book back when I read it in high school. I liked the ending climax, though it was quite a bit bittersweet. ( )
  sealford | Dec 30, 2013 |
In this play, a wife who's treated by her husband as a doll or a pet, i.e. without respecting her personality, leaves her husband after an incident that finally opens her eyes. It's hardly credible that this play was written in 1879, in a period of time where women's rights were virtually non-existent. It's rather short and the characters are a bit "straighforward" as you might expect from a play, but nevertheless, it all works pretty well. Imo, very good, given the time and place it was written in. ( )
  JustJoey4 | Nov 18, 2013 |
I actually read an online version of this text provided by my teacher as part of my Introduction to Drama course, so this is not the same version I'm writing about, but is the same work. This is probably the most famous Problem Play ever written, and is a rather fun read as well. It definitely deals heavily with the position of women in society at the time, and offers a great glimpse of society in general at the time the play was written. ( )
  TiffanyAK | Nov 11, 2013 |
Maybe 3½... I found the second act dragged a bit, but the third and final act was amazing. Nora's revolt was tremendously satisfying to me, in particular after Torvald goes into his self-righteous rant. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
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Clant van der Mijll-Piepers, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One of the best-known, most frequently performed of modern plays, displaying Ibsen's genius for realistic prose drama. A classic expression of women's rights, the play builds to a climax in which the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house." A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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Ibsen's best-known play displays his genius for realistic prose drama. An expression of women's rights, the play climaxes when the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house."

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