he first act (called ACT FIRST, pages 1-18) of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, written in 1879 (so around the same period as Kate Chopin’s work). Ibsen is Norway’s most well-known author. He was a playwright, and his plays, which are set in his native Norway, are still regularly performed around the world today. A Doll’s House is one of his most famous works and has had a lasting impact. Because it’s a play, what you’ll be reading is dialog and stage directions. It’s similar to reading a movie script.
After completing Act 1 of the play, watch the short video below for some useful background info and then read the introduction (pages 4-7) of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Respond to the following questions.
- In her introduction, Wollstonecraft (2017) states, â€œI dismiss those pretty feminine phrases that the men condescendingly use to make our slavish dependence easier for usâ€ (p. 5). What does Wollstonecraft mean by this, and how does it relate to A Dollâ€™s House? Find and quote at least three examples of Torvald Helmer â€œcondescendinglyâ€ using â€œfeminine phrasesâ€ when talking about his wife, Nora.
- How do you feel about Nora and Torvald’s relationship? What about Nora and Christina’s relationship?
- What is the significance of the forbidden macaroons that Nora likes to eat?
- What does Krogstad threaten Nora with and why? What do you think will ultimately happen to Nora in this story?