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by Henrik Ibsen

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In what time period is A Doll's House set?

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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 the time Queen Victoria took the English throne in 1837, until her death in 1901. Victoria influenced society in many ways since England was a super power that reached fever pitch success in the mid 1800's after the Industrial Revolution (1760-1850). All time periods carry with them customs and expectations that are evident in the social behaviors and dynamics of the people. The Victorian mindset is quite evident in the Helmer household, and will influence the outcome of the play in a variety of ways (see Psychological Setting).  

We say that the geographic location of the play is "arguably in Norway" simply because Ibsen is Norwegian himself. However, the play is very universal, that is, it is not prescribed only to Norwegian audiences; anyone, anywhere in the world can associate, understand,...

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