Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House

A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by the playwright Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play was controversial when first published, as it is sharply critical of 19th century marriage norms. Michael Meyer argues that the play's theme is not women's rights, but rather “the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person.” In a speech given to the Norwegian Women's Rights League in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he “must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement,” since he wrote “without any conscious thought of making propaganda,” his task having been “the description of humanity.” Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the father of prose drama” and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre.
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    Willie Kateshared an impressionlast year
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    It is an amazing and revolutionary play written by Ibsen. The main themes are patriarchy, self discovery and sexism. From a time, when the play was condemned for being unacceptable, it stands as a testament to the values of Victorian era society. Nora, the protagonist is an example of a modern and independent woman.

    Stacey Kuznetsovashared an impression3 months ago
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    🚀Unputdownable

    The great play about men and women, love and being loved.

    Александра Кибатоваshared an impression3 years ago
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    The author has done the most unexpected thing he could do. And I even believe him.

Quotes

    Stacey Kuznetsovahas quoted3 months ago
    One must live, and so one becomes selfish.
    lekasonhas quoted2 years ago
    tosses her head
    allsafehas quoted3 years ago
    The same little featherhead! Suppose, now, that I borrowed fifty pounds today, and you spent it all in the Christmas week, and then on New Year's Eve a slate fell on my head and killed me, and--
    Nora [putting her hands over his mouth]. Oh! don't say such horrid things.
    Helmer. Still, suppose that happened,--what then?
    Nora. If that were to happen, I don't suppose I should care whether I owed money or not.
    Helmer. Yes, but what about the people who had lent it?
    Nora. They? Who would bother about them? I should not know who they were.
    Helmer. That is like a woman!

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