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Henrik Ibsen uses numerous literary devices in A Doll’s House. These include two types of comparisons, metaphor and simile. Throughout the play, he frequently employs dramatic irony. With this...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2021, 3:07 am (UTC)

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The quotation provided is a version of a passage from the Bible, Timothy 6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019, 5:17 am (UTC)

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A Doll’s House, produced in 1879, was written as a social problem drama. Playwright Henrik Ibsen recognized that one of the most pressing situations in European society in his era stemmed from...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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The tarantella is a dance which is characterized by quick, light steps and an upbeat tempo and has historically been seen as a dance of cheerful courtship. References to the tarantella are woven...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 11:46 am (UTC)

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Three characters and their actions in A Doll’s House clearly reveal Ibsen’s exploration of poor decisions and their consequences. This approach to life primarily applies to Nora Helmer, who chose...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2021, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Torvald doesn't just work in the capitalist world, he internalizes its values. While Nora is stuck at home keeping house and taking care of the children, Torvald is out and about in the...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020, 8:53 am (UTC)

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The title of A Doll's House refers to the falsity of the Helmers' marriage and home life. Before she leaves, Nora explains to Torvald that she feels she has been living in a make-believe world...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2021, 5:25 am (UTC)

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When Nora’s character makes her initial entrance, the first thing she does after tipping the porter is to make sure the coast is clear to furtively pop a couple of the dainty confections into her...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 10:36 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Rank, a close and old friend of the family who visits Torvald and Nora every day, has spinal tuberculosis, a disease Nora thinks was caused by his father's lascivious lifestyle, including many...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2017, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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Nora leaves the children with Torvald because as a woman she has no other option; she needs to find her true self before she can be a mother to them, she fears that she is a bad influence, and she...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2021, 1:12 am (UTC)

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In A Doll’s House, the lamp represents both false security and the illumination of truth. In the play, Ibsen introduces the lamp as a prop that characters use as protection and as a device to...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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In A Doll’s House, the relationship between Mr. Krogstad and Mrs. Linde contrasts the marriage between Nora and Torvald Helmer. Krogstad and Linde’s union is based on honesty and forgiveness; on...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020, 9:01 pm (UTC)

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The play A Doll’s House was written by the Norwegian author and playwright Henrik Ibsen and was first put on stage in 1879. Betrayal is a big theme throughout this play right from the start. In...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2020, 11:08 am (UTC)

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A Doll's House takes place entirely within the confines of the Helmer household; other locations are merely alluded to within the work. The author of the play, Henrik Ibsen, was Norwegian, and the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020, 5:38 pm (UTC)

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Nora Helmer has been living in a doll house all of her life, first at her father’s house and then at her husband’s house. She becomes her husband’s possession when she marries Torvald. He treats...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 3:24 am (UTC)

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More than anything else, Nora's fancy dress symbolizes her subordination to her husband, Torvald. This rather fetching Neapolitan fisher-girl's dress isn't something that Nora wears for herself but...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking play A Doll’s House premiered in Copenhagen in 1879.Particularly for modern audiences, it’s easy to make the mistake of believing that Torvald Helmer does not love...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2016, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House exemplifies realism in drama through its overall approach to representing life. This approach is laid out through the setting, plot, characters, and dialogue. The...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 2:07 am (UTC)

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In the play, Nora is portrayed as a submissive housewife who is primarily concerned with pleasing her controlling, insensitive husband, Torvald Helmer. Torvald views and treats Nora like a doll and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:58 am (UTC)

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Even if one accepts that Nora has made the right decision in walking out on her husband and children at the end of A Doll's House, it still wouldn't be appropriate to describe the famous closing of...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:10 am (UTC)

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In A Doll's House, Nora Helmer carries the heavy burden of a devastating secret, which is revealed to her domineering husband toward the end of the play. In act 1, Nora is visited by her former...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:18 am (UTC)

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Nora's character strengths include her dedication to the men in her life (father/husband), her innocence and naivete, the ability to make people around her smile, and her loyalty and love for her...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2010, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Ibsen's play ends with Nora deciding to break up her marriage, leave her husband and children, and go off on her own. She hopes to develop an identity of her own. This decision is the surprising...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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The geographic and historical setting of the play A Doll's House is an unspecified city, arguably in Norway, around the 1870's. This time period is known as the Victorian Era, and it lasted from...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2016, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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That Nora doesn't commit suicide is due in no small part to Kronstad. He reminds her that even if she does choose to take her own life, he will still be able to ruin her posthumous reputation. Nora...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020, 6:08 am (UTC)

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Toward the end of act 1 of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Nora Helmer is confronted by a low-level bank employee and former attorney, Nils Krogstad, who appeals to her to intercede on his behalf...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020, 11:05 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of act two, Nora has a conversation with her nursemaid, Anne-Marie, and they discuss the idea of Nora not being around her children. When Anne-Marie mentions that children get...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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In the play A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, Nora Helmer commits the crime of forgery. She signs her father's signature to a loan document, although her father has passed away. Nora has two...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2017, 2:12 pm (UTC)

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The "miracle of miracles" is that Torvald Helmer would love his wife Nora as an equal—that is, he must recognize her as a person, not as a "doll wife." Near the end of Act III of A Doll's House,...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017, 5:09 am (UTC)

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Torvald has various nicknames for Nora, many of which begin with the word “my.” As the head of the house, he has assumed complete control over not only the household but everything and everyone in...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 2:15 am (UTC)

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In some respects, Krogstad, like Nora, is more sinned against than sinful. He too is a victim of society, in his case condemned to be stigmatized as a criminal for the rest of his life. The wealth...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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Nora's relationship to her children is complex. They are a source of joy to her in the first act, but it is clear that Nora's relationship to her children is somewhat distant. The nurse is...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019, 5:37 pm (UTC)

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Torvald's use of pet names for his wife, Nora, shows that he thinks of her as more of an object than a person. She is something cute and small: something which ought to obey him as her master,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 9:55 am (UTC)

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The black cross on Dr. Rank's cards is what he told Nora Helmer his signal would be when he was sure that he was near death. Therefore, it represents his impending decease. He has tuberculosis of...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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There are two approaches to identifying the climax of a work: (1) it is the moment of highest emotion and intensity; (2) it is the moment that forces the inevitable ultimate decisions, those that...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016, 9:51 pm (UTC)

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It's sometimes difficult to determine the difference between an incident in a play that represents foreshadowing (as definitively reflecting later plot developments in the play) and an incident...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019, 9:05 pm (UTC)

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Nora once forged her father's signature on a loan application so that she could obtain money for her husband Torvald to have a rest cure abroad. This in itself would be shocking to a nineteenth...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019, 7:46 am (UTC)

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Torvald's upset because Nora has behaved in a way that he, and society in general, doesn't think is acceptable for a woman. Throughout their marriage, Torvald has kept Nora in an infantilized...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 5:42 am (UTC)

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After reading the first letter, Torvald solidifies his core feelings toward his wife. He immediately explodes into angry outbursts toward her. Consider the following lines Torvald hurls at Nora:...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019, 1:11 pm (UTC)

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A turning point refers to an event, or events, in the story that bring on the actions that will eventually end the narrative. The events that would end the narrative in A Doll's House would be: 1....

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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The primary issue with Nora and Torvald's marriage concerns the fact that it is not based on equality and honesty but is instead founded on deception and control. Although Torvald is a responsible...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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The inciting incident in any story is the catalyst for the action which is to follow. In other words, it is the moment at which the status quo is disturbed, prompting the protagonist to begin a...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2020, 11:05 am (UTC)

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Ibsen’s imagery illuminates truth in A Doll’s House. The day is growing darker as Dr. Rank and Nora talk. In fact, Nora comments “it is so dark here now.” This darkness is literal as well as...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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There is corruption aplenty in A Doll's House, both legally and morally. In relation to the former, we have the actions of Nora, who forged her late father's signature on a loan application. She...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018, 9:52 am (UTC)

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Although there are a couple of conflicts going on in this great play, one main conflict is between Nora and her husband, Torvald. Near the beginning of their marriage, Nora had taken out an illegal...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:09 am (UTC)

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Torvald Helmer's first two lines actually include two different nicknames for his wife, Nora. He first asks, from another room, "Is that my lark twittering there?" Nora responds that it is she that...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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For the majority of the play, Nora Helmer attempts to dissuade Nils Krogstad from revealing her dark secret. Shortly after Nora married her husband, Torvald became extremely ill, and the doctor...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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Overall, one can say that Krogstad is a morally problematic character. Whether that means that he's “morally diseased” is another matter entirely. The prevailing morality of the time would...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021, 11:05 am (UTC)

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Conflicting attitudes toward money form one of the more important differences between Torvald and his wife, Nora, in A Doll’s House. Nora had felt justified in borrowing money that she deemed...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2021, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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In A Doll's House, Torvald speaks the last line of the play as Nora leaves him. Ibsen's stage direction says that "a hope flashes across his mind." Torvald asks, "The most wonderful thing of all—?"...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2020, 11:38 am (UTC)

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