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1in “A Doll’s House” by, Henrik Ibsen Realismin “A Doll’s House” by, Henrik IbsenKevin McFarland, Shreena Patel, Abigail Peng,Brianna Steele, Katie Ten Haken, and Cindy Tran
2What is Realism?Realism is having ordinary, familiar aspects of life represented in literature to reflect how everyday life is presumed to be.It is an inclination to literary truth and pragmatism.
3Realism in DramaBegins in the last half of the 19th century as an experiment to make theater more useful to society.Political events prompted different ways of thinking.People now did not believe in Romantic idealism. They realized hard work, stoppage, and violence were the true answers to success.Pragmatism reigned as idealsim began to fade.
4Basic Aspect of Realism The characters are real, they are not larger than life (such as what we see in Greek theater)A sense of trueness is embedded without extreme dramaticsA very convincing style of theater, making the impact on the audience often times greaterMimic real life- truth and accuracyTime period can have a big influence since realism mimics real life, so the life of that time is influential to the development of the playFocuses on social importances of the time period and how they affect others realistically
5Basic Aspect of Realism Cont. Realism observes that life does not follow patterns - events do not magically occur- and so for them, the same should not happen in the novel.Instead of grand happenings, tragedies, and epic turns of events, the realist novel continues on a seemingly normal path.Nothing truly earth shattering happens.The movement was interested in looking at the complexity of the human psyche and analysing why humans act the way we do.The main challenge of the actor was to be as realistic and as close to life as possible.
7Characteristics of Realism plots are secondary to characterscharacters tended to be from lower of middle classcharacters spoke as people really didfamiliar everyday people and situations are represented in an accurate, unidealized mannerauthor’s voice (comments and asides_ rarely heardnot poetic
8Realism in Popular works Generally all works of art and literature have a sense of realism in it in order for readers to relate and understand itThe artistic movement didn’t start till the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in America. First started in FranceExamples:The Human Comedy by, Honore de Balzacseries of novels that show lives of every class of peopleMadame Bovary (1857) by, Gustave Flaubertfirst major work to fully embrace realistic styleportrayed a true-to-life story of a woman seeking to escape her boring life
9Best representation of realist drama: Other popular works:“The Rise of Silas Lapham” by William Dean Howells“The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry JamesBest representation of realist drama:“A Doll’s House” by, Henrik Ibsen [Norway]**“Pygmalion” by, George Bernard Shaw [England]“The Cherry Orchard” by. Anton Chekhov [Russia]
10Realism in A Doll’s House A Doll’s House is a realist play that portrays controversial ideas of the timePerfect family: Mother (Nora), Father (Torvald Helmer), 3 ChildrenNora: Obedient WifeHelmer: Family Support3 major ideas:GenderIdentitySocial Expectation
11Realism in A Doll’s House GenderWomen:Follow husband’s ordersTakes care of the children“Come, Mrs. Linde - this place is unbearable for anyone but mothers” (2198).Sacrifice their own luxuries to help their family:Nora borrows money to help save her husbandMrs. Linde sacrifice love to save mother and brothers “My mother was still alive, but bedridden and helpless...I didn’t think I could turn him down (2191).MenDominant genderHelmer financially independent & provides money for his family
12Realism in A Doll’s House GenderWomen:Easily submissive to the man of the house“Nora, Nora, how like a woman!... Yes whatever you say, Torvald.“(2186)Seen as simple minded and not capable of handling valuable tasks“Now, now, the little lark’s wings mustn’t droop. Come on, don’t be a sulky squirrel. Nora, guess what I have here...” (2187)MenDisplayed as a bruteWith the opening dialog between Mr and Mrs Helmer the man was displayed as a brute and accepted his intense displaying of physical dominance through grabbing his wife
13Realism in A Doll’s House GenderWomen:Because women in this time period they easily lost their identity simply hiding behind the men and following his orders almost blindlyThe women were also looked down upon if the got a job, they were not meant to support others, that the man’s jobMenThey were the primary breadwinners, and the only source of income for that family any other type of help such as asking for the wife to work or asking to borrow money was often seen as a weakness and just showed the community that you could not provide for your family
14Realism in A Doll’s House IdentityBeginning: Nora acts like a child and was a doll ordered around by her father and husbandLater: develops individualism and no longer listens to her husband“Helmer: Before all else, you’re a wife and a mother.Nora: I don’t believe in that anymore. I believe that, before all else, I’m a human being, no less than you - or anyways, I ought to try to become one” (2231).Social ExpectationHelmer is the dominant spouse in the family and Nora is the wife whose sole job is to care for her husband and childrenHelmer reveal himself when he find out about Nora’s forgery
15Realism in A Doll’s House Key Theme:Women’s Rights MovementEqual Rights and LibertiesElements:Everyday dialogueSimple conversations
16Realism QuestionsIndividually create a thesis based on the passage, then answer the questions relating to realism.1. How is Nora’s reaction of wanting to leave her family a typical or not so typical reaction from a woman of her time?2. In what ways is Nora’s and Helmer’s conversation realistic in the passage?3. Helmer is outraged by Nora’s request to leave the house and reminds her of her to her husband and children. Are Helmer’s demands from his wife realistic? Is her reaction realistic?
17Works Cited"American Realism: " American Realism: N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct <http://www.westga.edu/~mmcfar/worksheet on American Realism.htm>."A Doll's House Writing Style." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct <http://www.shmoop.com/dolls-house/writing-style.html>."Introduction to Theatre -- Realism." Novaonline.nvcc.edu. NovaOnline, 16 Jan Web. 21 Oct"Realism and A Doll House." Ibsen Voyages ::. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct <http://www.ibsenvoyages.com/e-texts/the-realist-cycle/the-first-group/realism-and-doll-house/>."Realism (late 1800s-early 1900s)." Scholastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 18 OctIbsen, Henrik. "A Doll's House." A Doll's House by Henrik Classic Reader. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2013