‘A Doll’s House’ is a Norwegian play produced by Henrik Ibsen in 1879.
In ‘A Doll’s House’, the protagonist Nora is forced to evaluate her life and the roles she plays – as a wife, mother, worker and a person. The play was highly critical of the marriage norms of the time, and so when it premiered it provoked great controversy.
This play broke with many traditions of the time and helped usher in the realist movement. Ibsen has been dubbed ‘the father of realism’ for creating a play that focused on everyday people experiencing everyday problems.
The text became an importance piece of the feminist movement, although interesting
Ibsen himself said he wasn’t necessarily arguing for women’s rights specifically, but rather human rights.
Times have changed since the 19th century and modern audiences might not fully grasp the impact of the characters and events of this play, and so it is an excellent choice for part 3 – literature: texts and contexts.
- A few notes about the author.
- Some introductory discussion questions to get us thinking about key themes of the play.
- An analytical summary of the play – comprehensive!
- Developing vocabulary. Activities for developing an understanding of some key vocabulary from the play.
- Comprehension discussion questions. To use in our groups following each act.
- Study guide – Act 1.
- Study guide – Act 2.
- Depth study questions. To use once we finish reading the play.
- Symbolism and motif in ‘A Doll’s House. A summary with quotes.
- Sparknotes. This resource provides an in-depth and comprehensive summary of the novel’s context, plot and analysis. It is a useful resource, but try to form your own ideas and opinions about the text before going here.
- Shmoop. This site is much the same as Sparknotes, but written in a more accessible style. For ideas it is great, but don’t emulate the casual written style in your own essays!
- Resource folder. All the resources I create I will place into this folder. You can find individual links to documents below.