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By using this lesson plan, teachers will be able to successfully guide their students through Henrik Ibsen's classic play A Doll's House. With your class, explore the novel's central themes of betrayal, deception, honor, and appearances vs. reality. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Describe the relationship between Nora and Helmer in A Doll's House. Helmer is the breadwinner, the head of the household who takes care of Nora, who appears to be his rather spoiled playmate.
- What is supposed to happen for Helmer at the beginning of the new year, and what will it mean for him and his family? He is supposed to get a promotion to be manager of the bank. It will mean more money and fewer money worries (particularly for Nora).
- Who is Mrs. Linde, and why has she come back? She is one of Nora's old friends. She came to Nora in hopes of getting a job at the bank.
- What was Nora's secret? She borrowed money to finance a trip south to Italy to save Torvald's life, and she never told him that she borrowed it. She has been making payments by skimming from the household money and taking in copying work.
- Who is Krogstad? Krogstad is a lawyer who has a "subordinate" position at the bank (which Helmer is about to terminate). He has a reputation for being a shady character. Nora borrowed the money for the trip south from him.
- Who is Dr. Rank, and what is his problem? He is a friend to Helmer and Nora. He has an illness we later discover is terminal, tuberculosis of the spine.
- In A Doll's House, how did Krogstad persuade Nora to try to influence Helmer on his behalf? He threatened to tell Helmer about her loan and to make public the fact that she forged her father's signature on the note.
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