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by Henrik Ibsen

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What is the setting for A Doll's House?

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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 characters have names with a definitive Scandinavian feel, so it is assumed that their apartment is in Norway.

At the opening of the play, the main room is described as "furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly," alluding to the family's middle class lifestyle. It is wintertime, but the house has carpeted floors and always has a fire going, making it a comfortable place for Nora and Torvald's family and their guests.

Setting here is particularly important because it mirrors not only the title of the work but also several thematic elements. The Helmer house becomes a dollhouse. It is tastefully decorated and kept neat and comfortable for the entertainment of their guests—and to keep the appearance of a happy, loving household. However, just as a dollhouse is a facsimile for a...

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