A Doll's House Worksheet

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THTR 1020 Mainstage Worksheet Instructor: Chris Nelson Note: This is the MAINSTAGE worksheet. If you are unsure which form to use, consult your syllabus. NAME ______________________________ SHOW TITLE _________________________________ DATE/TIME ATTENDED ___________________________ (Attach stamped ticket stub for verification). Answer the following 12 questions as thoughtfully as you can. Refer to the worksheet guidelines to help ensure the maximum points. If you are writing by hand, you may use the back of the sheet. 1. What genre do you think this play falls into (what type of play is it?) Why? A Doll’s house is a drama because it is about a young woman who has been treated essentially like a doll her entire life. After she reveals a secret to her husband he talks down to her and treats her like an idiot. She then realizes that this is not the life she wants to keep living. She has to make the decision to either walk away and discover herself and change for the better, or stay and remain unhappy in a fantasy world. 2. Which character do you think is the protagonist ? Why? Do you think this changes? Explain. Nora Helmer is the protagonist throughout the play because she is the positive dominant figure. She initially exhibits very frivolous behavior and is portrayed as merely a trophy wife. However, as the play progresses we learn that Nora is indeed a clever woman and not just a “doll” in her husband’s house. She stands up for herself and her attempts to protect her family. She ultimately grew to realize that the life she has been leading was just an illusion of happiness, and she needed to leave everything behind in order to start over. 3. Which character do you think is the antagonist ? Why? Do you think this changes? Explain. Torvald Helmer is the antagonist in the play because he is constantly belittling Nora. To Torvald, Nora is just a little pet, or a “child-wife” and he does not treat her like an equal. She is the mother of his kids, and yet he does not trust her to raise them. He feels that his role in their
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