A Doll's House Literary Analysis

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Henrik Ibsen, widely renowned for the drama A Doll 's House, is considered to be the creator of the modern realistic and intellectual drama. He was also innovative in terms of the issues raised in the drama as well as the formation of the characters and the development of the plot. The main issue examined by the author within the play is the role of a woman in the society concerned with fulfillment or building an acceptable image, whereas the protagonist comes with the decision to oppose the set beliefs and the interminable injustice. Therefore, the protagonist of the drama is struggling from being a doll in the hands of her husband and the society. In delivering this idea, the author refers to the standard literary conventions of the dramatic…show more content…
He also managed to create the new type of drama while at the same time staying true to its traditional form and means of problems discussion. The conventions used by the author in A Doll 's House are reflected in the behaviors of the characters and in the manner of the author 's writing. For example, characteristic for any drama are the action and the conflict. Due to the inner struggle, Nora appears not only lovable, but also “a vain, unloving egoist who abandons her family in a paroxysm of selfishness” (Templeton, 1989, p. 29). Henrik Ibsen comprises the aspects of action and inaction in his play, and important are not only the phrases of the characters, but also what they do at the moment, which is identified by the author. Moreover, to the conventions of drama in the Ibsen 's play belongs also the complexity of an action, and the tension that arises between the characters, for example in case of Krogstad and Nora. At the same time, the main conflict in the drama is developed around Nora 's attempt to withstand Krogstad 's threats, to discover her own self, and to struggle. However, those aspects of the character are overweight by the selfishness of the society. Besides, one of the characteristic features of the playwriting is creation of the protagonist who rises up against the society, points out the existing injustice, and asserts oneself. Nora is a perfect example…show more content…
In the whole play, imagination of the author as well as the imagination of the reader or the observer is playing a determinant role. While the author 's imagination has formed the characters in accordance to his vision of the situation, the imagination of the readers helps to correctly interpret and identify the main message of the play. The imagination of the author might have imposed a large impact on the whole scope of the problems reflected in the play. The author might have appeared to need to focus on the larger range of issues and problems. The imagination of the reader, in its turn, contributes to the perception of the play. Here, if one can imagine those events as true, the play would have the intended effect. Therefore, imagining how the characters interact in the flow of the play is of high relevance to understand the intent and the task of the author, especially when considering the unsolved conflict at the end of the play, which gives the readers a chance to imagine their own development of
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