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Course Paper: A Doll’s House
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Drama 115 October 24, 2007 Kable Reasoning of A Doll’s House I am Henrik Isben. I want to give you a brief summary of my life up to time that I wrote A Doll’s House, because I believe that the knowledge of how I grew up is essential to the true understanding and comprehension of this play. I was born in 1828 in Skien, Norway. While I was growing up my family was very poor. I was a very unsociable child, and so I was isolated from my peers. Rumors were spread that I was an illegitimate child, which made my sense of isolation even greater. To make things worse, my father’s business was taken over by the people he owed money to. At the age of 15, I began my apprenticeship in an apothecary in Grimstad, where I found that I had the deep desire to go to study medicine at school 1 . At age 17, I had my own illegitimate child with a servant woman at the apothecary that I worked at. It is at this point in my life that I began to write. At age 22, I left Grimstad for the capital city of what was then known as Christiana to become pursue my dream of going to medical school. It was here that I wrote the play Cataline, and turned to study playwriting. I, however, abandoned my education and instead decided to join the National Theater, at which I stayed for 1 The Bedford Introduction to Drama (700)
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near 6 years. In 1958, I became the creative director of the Christiana Theater. During this time, I also wrote many plays, some of which did and did not earn me any fame. By this time I had a wife and daughter to support and take care of. We moved to Rome, where I wrote my play A Doll’s House 2 . This play focuses on the middle-class social problem of a wife and her struggle against the demands of her husband and expectations of marriage in her society. I feel that women should not be repressed, like so many are, but rather that marriage should be about two equals spending their lives happily together. When I wrote this play, it was during a time of revolution. The rights and expectations of women was a highly controversial and touchy subject. I possess a highly progressive mind and therefore believed that writing this play would help the revolution and encourage more people to see that women should have all the same rights and be respected as an equal of their husbands. The title of the play immediately gives a glimpse of the expectations and popular opinion of women at the time I wrote this play. It is a metaphor that represents women as dolls. Dolls are, of course, toys played with by children, sometimes in perfectly designed mini-houses in which nothing goes wrong. The children are completely in control of the dolls actions, feelings and behavior. Husbands treated women in this time period just as children treated dolls.
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course DRAMA 115 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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