Drama Analysis

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Heather Schmeling
A Doll’s House can never be Home

Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll House” is a play that seems like a very cute and entertaining piece of work when reading. Thankfully, it is entertaining, as the play is approximately seventy pages on paper. The dialogue between Nora and Torvald is quite interesting, as when they speak it’s a bit like young love struck teenagers, and borderlines on mushy. But in the last few pages of the play, the title suddenly becomes the lie that Nora has been living for years. The first act opens to around Christmas time, and Nora is receiving the Christmas tree. From the start the reader realizes that Torvald and Nora are very different. Torvald playfully chastises Nora for spending money all the time, and Nora teases back that since he has the new job, she can spend money, especially for Christmas. The entire dialogue through this scene is very mushy and cannot be taken seriously as realistic dialogue. The reader can soon realize that this play has elements of both realistic and non realistic drama. The realistic parts to this play are more throughout the play then the non realistic. It’s set in a home with a mother, a father, two children, a nurse, and a housemaid. It’s a typical family setting for when the play was written, around 1879. The plot of the play is realistic as well. Forgery has been crime for a long time, and there are persons who would wish to take our dirty laundry and air it as to embarrass us or put us at odds with others. Nora believed she was doing the right thing when she forged her father’s signature, but that still made it a crime, even if she did it with the full intention to save her husbands life. Krogstad keeps quiet for Nora until his job is on the line, and he uses the blackmail to try and keep his job, even when Nora tells him there is no use. Nora tries to convince Krogstad not to use the blackmail he has against her, but to no avail. He writes Torvald a letter telling him of his...
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