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Unformatted text preview: 10/16/09 “To the Contrary”- final words on death bed of Ibsen- He had a scorpion, to make sure his plays weren’t too nice- “sting you by final curtain”- Revolt against romanticism and illusions- Rejected superficial realism of well made play o Demolishes conventions by final moments- Naturalists: just by heredity, but Ibsen believes that it is not just this, you can also grow and change Before he publishes A Doll House- turning this real life story into a play: “a woman is judged by a man’s law” “a woman cannot be herself in today’s society which is mostly a man’s society”- Torvald blames behavior on father- Long exposition scene in act 1-kristine and Nora catch up in order to get back-story into present play without soliloquies and back stories. o House seems like the perfect middle class house, they made it, they fit in, house begins crumbling apart Stage design is more authentic and lighting now Metaphorically, issues of authenticity Christmas- ironic- celebration, festivity, materialism, security Nora realizes she doesn’t have- Also spiritual renewal, rebirth nora experiences this Act one- nice tree, new presents, possibility...
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