What message does Ibsen want to deliver to us from this quotation?Rank : I don't know if it it's the same where you are . some people go round sniffing out weakness....and as soon as they find it,...

What message does Ibsen want to deliver to us from this quotation?

Rank : I don't know if it it's the same where you are . some people go round sniffing out weakness....and as soon as they find it, they back the person concerned into a corner , a....profitable corner. No eascape. If you're strong , they leave you alone.

MRS LINDE : you don't need curing unless you're sick.

RANK: (shrugging)._ and that makes all society a nursing home.

act one ,page 25

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the play 'A Dolls'House' Ibsen examines society as he sees it and begins to peel away its layers, not liking what he sees there. In an effort to portray what he finds, he simplifies his messages and gives the stories natural homely surroundings. In this quote he is talking about 'the ills of society' both virtual and real. Indeed, in a later play, he went on to examine real sociallly taboo diseases and made himself quite unpopular. Here he is saying that everyone in society has some kind of ill, maybe psychological,physical,emotional or moral and that makes everyone they come into contact with 'a curer.' Hypocricy, corruption,greed and exploitation all thrive in this atmosphere and are covered up by smug complacency and outward manners and decency. Appearances are everything and anything that might reveal the truth and uncover the disguise must be swept under the carpet.Everything must be kept very firmly in Pandora's box - including women!

ajacks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In “A Doll’s House” Ibsen took theatre beyond just entertainment and used it to attack some of the social problems of the period. In this scene from Act one, he uses Dr. Rank as his medium to show an overall view of the problem at the time, comparing society to a “nursing home” which is constantly having to take care of the “sick” of the period. Mrs. Linde says that you don’t need to be cured unless you are sick, but Dr. Rank implies that we’re all “sick” in some way. The only people who aren’t are left alone, even ostracized by society because they are different from everyone else, reinforcing one of the main themes of the play---Nora’s attempt to be herself.

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