A Doll's House Questions and Answers
by Henrik Ibsen

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I am having trouble coming up with a strong thesis for "A Doll's House". Does anyone have any suggestions?

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One way to decide upon a thesis on A Doll's House is to try out ideas relative to themes and criticisms on the literary work on which the essay is to be written. Then, form a statement that can be substantiated with support from the play.

While the repression of Norma as a woman is the prevalent theme, it seems that other characters are also tragically bound in their social settings. Therefore, a thesis statement for an essay can be something like the following:

Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, depicts the lives of people who are tragically bound in their social settings.

With this thesis, the student can discuss how such characters as Mrs. Christine Linde married because she needed a wealthy businessman who could provide financial support for her and her ailing mother and two younger brothers. Because of her financial predicament, she jilted Nils Krogstad, whom she truly loved. Later, after her husband has died, she comes to Nora, hoping Nora can persuade her husband, Torvald, to provide

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