What would Oprah ask?If you could ask the characters of A Dolls House questions like Oprah would, what would you ask them?
haha! What a cool question!
If I were to interview one of the characters I would first choose Mrs. Linde, and my line of questions would gear toward her answering one simple question: Although she is Nora's childhood friend, why has she never put her foot down, have a heart to heart with her and tell her how idiotic her behavior is?
I would also ask:
When you were friends with Nora since childhood, would you categorize her as a spoiled brat?
How would you contrast a birthday gift of a christmas between your family and Nora's?
When did Nora first start acting in such a strange and immature way with men?
Did you agree about her married with Torvald?
Don't you think Torvald is a bit snobby?
Did you attend their wedding? Were you invited?
How many boyfriends did Nora have prior to Torvald?
Was she the same way with all the guys she dated before?
Have you ever suggested to Nora to quit acting so silly?
How did you tolerate her behavior for so many years, given that you are so put together?
** I would ask her a whole lot more, as Nora is a very complex character, but I would leave it to the point that she actually tells me that Nora, despite her problems, is quite a pain in the neck too**
I think the show could focus on Nora and Torvald. One of Oprah's gifts as a communicator is her ability to present and connect to a person's experience and broaden that to others. This could be done here. Perhaps, Oprah having both or individually on stage and asking them questions about how they see the other, and how they each see themselves, and how they see themselves through the eyes of the other could set the stage for some interesting dialogue. Oprah has moved her show past the subjectivities of domestic relationships, featuring them not as much as she used to, but I still think there were or are few who could ask probing questions of couples like Oprah, and the very idea of being able to expose the humanity in both Nora and Torvald would be something at which Oprah could demonstrate much in the way of skill.
It's been a while since I've watched Oprah, but I imagine Oprah would pose some questions about the breakdown of Nora and Torvald's marriage. She might ask, for example, why Nora felt it necessary to deceive her husband and if she regretted her choice. Oprah might ask Torvald why he calls Nora seemingly affectionate but patronizing names like "songbird" "and "little squirrel." She might ask Torvald if he truly means that Nora is not a fit mother to raise their children or if he changes his mind. Most of all, as the play ends, she might ask Nora why she feels it necessary to shut the door on not only her marraiage but her children, and what she plans to do next.
I want to know interrogate Nora's nurse about how she could abandon her own daughter in order to take care of Nora. When Nora asks her about it, the nurse said she had no other choice if she wanted to take care of Nora. Did she really mean that, or was she just trying to please Nora with that answer? What does her daughter think of her decision? She did get a couple of letters from her daughter, so did she write to the girl herself? Did she send her money? What are her true feelings?