Ibsenplayreport - 1 Annamarie Sysling December 5, 2007...

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1 Annamarie Sysling December 5, 2007 Christine Haskill Henrick Ibsen’s “A Doll House” employs flawed characters in the midst of economic and social turmoil to reveal the timeless nature of trust and betrayal present in human relationships. Ibsen begins by immediately introducing the majority of the characters as the play begins. The audience first meets the protagonist, Nora, a young wife and mother who eventually comes to represent self-sacrifice and maturation throughout "A Doll House". Nora is the reason behind the entire conflict of the play, she illegally borrowed money to cure her husband who had fallen ill, and now the banker (Krogstad) she borrowed the money from is getting fired by her husband (Torvald) who is completely oblivious to Nora and Krogstad's arrangement. Ultimately "A Doll's House" ends in the destruction of Nora and Torvald's marriage and the simultaneous birth of Nora's newfound independence. So while there is the metaphorical death of their relationship (and the "old" Nora) there is also birth in the form of Nora freeing herself from the oppressive and condescending reins of her husband. In addition to this, Ibsen's play is full of many other minor conflicts that all seem to center around self-sacrifice in order to maintain status in a superficial Victorian society. Although modern society is hardly as shallow as during the Victorian age, it is an
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course LITERARY I 1100 taught by Professor Haskill during the Spring '08 term at Western Michigan.

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