Henrik Ibsen is the Norwegian playwright who wrote A Doll’s House. Henrik Ibsen wrote it as a three-act play in prose. The play by this playwright was first performed at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21st December 1879. As it goes against 19th-century marriage norms, this play attracted so much critical attention. This play falls within the genres of modern tragedy, problem play, naturalistic, and realistic.
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Review and details for A Doll’s House:
The drama takes place at the home of the Helmer family in an unspecified Norwegian town or city, circa 1879. This play was composed by Henrik Ibsen under the subject, The awakening of a middle-class wife and mother.
The characters include:
In the drama, the following characters appeared:
- Nora Helmer: Torvald Helmer’s wife
- Her husband is Torvald Helmer
- Dr. Rank: a wealthy family friend
- who used to go to school with Nora Linde
- Torvald’s bank employee Nils Krogstad
- There are three children of Nora and Torvald: Ivar, Bobby, and Emmy
- The former nanny of Nora is Anne Marie
- Helmer: the Helmers’ maid
- has a Christmas tree delivered to the Helmer household by The Porter.
The central themes in Ibsen’s A Doll House PDF revolve around the values of money and the way in which women navigate a landscape. This playwright’s masterpiece was written at a time when women were not allowed to conduct business or handle their own money. Before they could carry out any kind of transaction, they needed to get the approval of their father, husband, or brother. When they get this approval, they commit fraud. This woman left her husband and children because she wanted to discover who she was.
About The Author (Henrik John Ibsen):
In full Henrik Johan Ibsen (March 20, 1828, Skien, Norway-May 23, 1906, Kristiania [formerly Christiania; now Oslo]), major Norwegian playwright of the late 19th century who introduced to the European stage a new order of moral analysis that was placed against a harshly realistic middle-class background and developed with economy of action, penetrating dialogue, and rigorous thought.
Skien, a small lumbering town in southern Norway, was the birthplace of Ibsen. The bankruptcy of his father in 1836 left him permanently disgraced as a general merchant. He thus fell into a precarious state of poverty, which his wife’s withdrawn and sombre religiosity did little to alleviate. Henrik could not redeem the family’s misfortune, so he moved to Grimstad, a village of about 800 people 110 kilometers (70 miles) down the coast, as soon as he was able. During the day he worked as an apprentice apothecary while studying at night for university admissions. In his spare time, he wrote a play during this period.
Dramatic debuts and directorial debuts
Ibsen developed Catilina (1850; Catiline) from Latin texts he had to study for his university examinations. In spite of its weaknesses, it exhibited a natural bent for theatre and embodied themes — rebellious hero, destructive mistress — that preoccupied Ibsen for the rest of his life. Christiania (called Oslo until 1925) is where he took entrance examinations and settled into the student quarter, though he did not enter classes. Having a passion for the theatre, he became the director and playwright of a new theatre in Bergen at the age of 23, where he had to write a new play every year.