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A Doll's House, Essential Revision Notes

A Doll’s House

By

Henrik Ibsen

LC Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Context 5

A Note on the Title 5

Summary 6

Analysis 9

Act 1 9

From the opening of the play to the announcement of Dr. Rank’s and Mrs. Linde’s arrivals 9

From the beginning of Nora’s conversation with Mrs. Linde to Nora’s promise to talk to Torvald about finding Mrs. Linde work 9

From Mrs. Linde’s accusation that Nora is still a child to the exit of Dr. Rank, Torvald, and Mrs. Linde 10

From the entrance of Nora’s children to the end of Act One 11

Act Two 12

Act 3 13

From the opening of the act to the arrival of Krogstad’s second letter 13

From Torvald’s attempt to start over after burning Krogstad’s contract to the end of the play 14

Characters 16

Nora 16

Torvald Helmer – Nora’s husband 16

Krogstad 17

Mrs. Linde 17

Dr. Rank 17

Bob, Emmy, and Ivar 18

Anne-Marie 18

Nora’s father 18

Themes, Motifs & Symbols 19

Themes 19

The Sacrificial Role of Women 19

Parental and Filial Obligations 19

The Unreliability of Appearances 20

Motifs 20

Nora’s Definition of Freedom 20

Letters 20

Symbols 21

The Christmas Tree 21

New Year’s Day 21

Important Quotations Explained 22

1. 22

2. 22

3. 22

4. 22

5. 23

Sample Answers 24

Compare Torvald’s and Nora’s attitudes toward money. 24

Why does Torvald constantly reprimand Nora for her wastefulness and foolishness while simultaneously supporting her behaviour? What insight does this contradiction give us into Torvald and Nora’s relationship? 24

Compare and contrast Mrs. Linde and Nora at the end of the play. 24

Dramatic Structure of A Doll's House 25

Themes of A Doll's House 25

Nora’s True Identity in A Doll’s House 26

Comparing A Doll’s House 29

“The cultural context can have a significant influence on the behaviour of the central character/characters in a text.” 29

Compare the way in which the behaviour of the central characters in at least two of your texts is influenced by the cultural context of those texts. 29

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