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A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen. Characters Nora Helmer Main character Never lived alone, going immediately from her fathers house to her husbands house. Depicted.

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1 A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen

2 Characters Nora Helmer Main character Never lived alone, going immediately from her fathers house to her husbands house. Depicted as inexperienced, sheltered, impulsive, and materialistic. Are these mere masks? Is Nora forced to present a façade due to the patriarchal oppression she faces? How does she dynamically change due to events?

3 Torvald Helmer Eight years Noras husband. Barrister who wont take unsavory cases. Promoted to bank manager – middle-class Avoids relationships in general 1. What proof can you note of this propensity? Concerned with morality 2. What proof can you note of this attitude? 3. What words first come to mind in describing his character? 4. How do his pet names for Nora denigrate her?

4 Dr. Rank Friend and a physician. Embodies and subverts the theatrical role of the male moral force traditionally presented in plays of the era. Rather than a paternal, moral force presents as a corrupt force both physically and morally. What are his personal attributes of corruption as depicted by Ibsen?

5 Mrs. Christine Linde Old schoolmate of Noras Ten years have passed since their last meeting. Three years a widow. Pressed for money following her husband and mothers deaths. 1. How does she impose on Nora? 2. What is divulged concerning her past? 3. How does she represent a foil for Nora?

6 Nils Krogstad Blackmails Nora 1. How does his past parallel Noras current situation? 2. What forces push him to blackmail Nora? 3. Is his character dynamic? Why or why not?

7 Minor Characters Ivar, Bob, and Emmy Nora and Torvalds children What part do they play? Anne Family Nurse 1. What is her background? 2. Is it part of the social commentary? Why or why not?

8 The plays action centers on the development and the alterations of the relationships among Nora, Helmer, Krogstad, and Mrs. Linde. How do their relationships illuminate their personalities and dictate their actions? How do they emphasize the themes and social comments of the play?

9 Nora is a woman who places moral principles above legal values. What consequence does this viewpoint have on her in terms of the plays plot? What reactions must she deal with from the other characters? How does she view herself compared to how other characters view her?

10 Discuss the plays unraveling and philosophical ending. What makes it successful? What final effect remains with the audience? What lines from the last Act have literal and symbolic meaning?

11 Analyze the following quote: You should have let it alone; you must prevent nothing. After all, it is splendid to be waiting for a wonderful thing to happen (54; sc. 2).

12 Two on the same piece of wreckage would stand a better chance than each on their own (56; sc. 3).

13 I have been performing tricks for you, Torvald. Thats how Ive survived. You wanted it like that. You and Papa have done me a great wrong. Its because of you Ive made nothing of my life (68; sc. 3).

14 I would gladly work night and day for you, Nora – bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves (71; sc. 3).


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