a dolls house mwds

a dolls house mwds - AP English: Literature and Composition...

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AP English: Literature and Composition Name: Gwen Day Major Works Data Sheet
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Major Works Data Sheet Page 3 Characters Name Role in the story Significance Adjectives Nora Helmer Torvald Helmer Krogstad Mrs. Linde Dr. Rank Bob, Emmy, and Ivar Anne-Marie A wife in a restrained role carved out by society and her husband’s expectations. Nora’s husband Lends Nora money and blackmails her Nora’s childhood friend Torvald’s best friend The Helmer children The Helmers’ maid She is the protagonist who eventually comes to realize her self- worth and breaks away from her family. He restrains Nora and treats her like a child. His actions cause her to leave her home to start anew. By blackmailing Nora, Krogstad sets up a situation that forces her to realize the shallow and uncaring manner of her husband She underscores Nora’s childlike mannerisms and adds some realistic commentary into the situation. He serves as a contrast to Helmer, who cares deeply about appearances. Dr. Rank is very uncaring of what others think of him and very acceptant of his imminent death. They are in the play to highlight Nora’s reaction to her restraining situation. Even though she seems to be a caring mother, she feels as if she needs to abandon her family to find herself. She transports the letters from Krogstad to Mr. Helmer and perpetuates the events that lead up to the climax of the play. Strong, rebellious Shallow, condescending Desperate, conniving Sensible, practical Unconcerned, accepting Young, innocent Practical, sacrificial
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Plot Summary A DOLL’S HOUSE opens on Christmas Eve. Nora Helmer enters her well-furnished living room—the setting of the entire play—carrying several packages. Torvald Helmer, Nora’s husband, comes out of his study when he hears her arrive. He greets her playfully and affectionately, but then chides her for spending so much money on Christmas gifts. Their conversation reveals that the Helmers have had to be careful with money for many years, but that Torvald has recently obtained a new position at the bank where he works that will afford them a more comfortable lifestyle. Helene, the maid, announces that the Helmers’ dear friend Dr. Rank has come to visit. At the same time, another visitor has arrived, this one unknown. To Nora’s great surprise, Kristine Linde, a former school friend, comes into the room. The two have not seen each other for years, but Nora mentions having read that Mrs. Linde’s husband passed away a few years earlier. Mrs. Linde tells Nora that when her husband died, she was left with no money and no children. Nora tells Mrs. Linde about her first year of marriage to Torvald. She explains that they were very poor and both had to work long hours. Torvald became sick, she adds, and the couple had to travel to Italy so that Torvald could recover. Nora inquires further about Mrs. Linde’s life, and Mrs. Linde explains that for years she had to care for her sick
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