Ibsen's best-known play displays his genius for realistic prose drama. An expression of women's rights, the play climaxes when the central character, Nora, rejects a smothering marriage and life in "a doll's house."
Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, trapped in the stifling environment of a bourgeois 19th-century marriage. When writer Eilert Loevborg, an old flame returns to Hedda's life with a masterpiece that might threaten her husband's career, Hedda decides to take drastic and fatal action.
A Doll's House (Norwegian: Et dukkehjem; also translated as A Doll House) is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month.The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the...
Nora's decision to get a loan in order to help her husband Torvald during an illness comes back to haunt her years later when the loaner tries to blackmail her and Torvald, now healthy, learns the truth.
Written in the aftermath of hostile criticism of Ghosts, Ibsen's three plays all deal with the moral courage needed to tell the truth. They are peopled not by symbolic figures and abstract concepts, but by complex individuals pitted against, or part of, a society that Ibsen felt was morally abhorrent and claustrophobically provincial.
Depicting one woman's struggle to be treated as a rational human being, and not merely a wife, mother or fragile doll, this play changed the course of theatrical history and sparked debates worldwide about the roles of men and women in society.
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