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    The times that we live in heavily influence our understanding of people and the literary characters we get to know of. The Reader Response theory revolves around the central idea that the context any reader resides in, influences the reader 's understanding of and the response to characters. This is the case in 'A Doll 's House ' by Henrik Ibsen too, where, Torvald Helmer, the protagonist 's husband evokes different responses by different readers of the play. While a Victorian Era reader will sympathize with the character of Helmer as he holds a his "dignity" above all, even the woman he "loves", the modern reader of the 21st century is outraged by Helmer 's blatantly sexist remarks about a woman 's "duty." The readers ' receptions of Helmer 's character varies greatly due to the different values they believe in and their social context.

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    Entry #1: Act I, Pages 1 – 13 I started the play, “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and since I came late into the course, I have some background on the play and some minor information about Nora, Torvald and Mrs. Linde, Christine from some of the IOPs presented. The first impression for each character introduced differed. Torvald seemed like a dominant man that was the essence of a typical Norwegian man during the time the play was written. He’s constantly being demeaning towards Nora and women in general during the dialogue between him and Nora. For example when he says, “That is like a woman!”

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    The relationships between gender and power in A Doll’s House and Lysistrata ‘One is not born, but, rather becomes a woman’. Lysistrata and A Doll’s House both present the disadvantaged position of women in their respective societies. The two plays present the relationship between gender and power and follow two women who go to extremes to become liberated from the restraints of their oppressive and dominating patriarchal society. Therefore, it is clear that both Nora and Lysistrata demonstrate the potential for women 's power and resistance in situations of male dominance in a hegemonic patriarchy. In order to prove this, it is important to look at the relationship between man and power, woman and power and the ways in which Nora and Lysistrata embody this power in the two plays.

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    The plays, "Trifles" by Susan Glasspell and "A Doll 's house" by Henrick Ibsen portray the way women were treated throughout the nineteenth century using the literary tool of symbolism. In Susan Glaspell 's "Trifles" she uses the bird cage and the dead bird to present the role and life of women in marriage and society, whereas Henrik Ibsen uses the dollhouse as a way for the reader to recognize the plays main similarities in the treatment of women. Even though the women in these plays share different lifestyles, they all face the same issues in their lives. In "trifles" Mr. And Mrs. Wright 's relationship can be described as abusive and lifeless.

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    In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, appearances prove to be deceptive veneers that disguise the reality of situations and characters. Ibsen’s play is set in 19th century Norway, when women’s rights were restricted and social appearance such as financial success and middle class respectability were more important than equality and true identity. Ibsen also uses realism and naturalism, portraying the Helmer’s Marriage through authentic relationships, which are relatable to the audience. In A Doll’s House, Nora represents 19th century women entrapped by society to fulfill wifely and motherly obligations, unable to articulate or express their own feelings and desires.

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    Analysis of the Character Nora in the “A Doll’s House” Play The play “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, portrays many different characters with different sides to themselves. A quote by Kurt Vonnegut writes “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be;” this shows us that everyone pretends to be someone, which means the characters in the play have a good chance of pretending to be someone else whom they are not. mInevitably, not every character can show each one of their sides, but rather, it has to be interpreted. Nora, to be specific, has a completely contradictory side to herself that we later discover in the play.

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    In the play Trifles, written by Susan Glaspell, and the play A Doll’s House, written by Henrik Ibsen, there are two ladies who undergo two different situations. Mrs. Wright is someone who is assumed as the murderer of her husband Mr. Wright. On the other hand, Nora manipulates her husband by taking out a loan without his approval. These two ladies both face isolation in their relationships and eventually end up without their husbands. These two characters differ in their personalities, their actions in their marriages, and their overall marriage.

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    Survival: the Art of Manipulation Women have been oppressed and viewed as weak throughout history. To survive in society and to obtain any kind of authority, women had to use the art of manipulation. Henrik Isben’s play, The Doll House, and William Shakespeare’s play, Titus Andronicus, have one persisting issue: gender oppression. By comparing and contrasting Nora, a character in Henrik Isben’s play, to Tamora, a character in William Shakespeare’s play, two women who lived over two thousand years apart both faced female oppression. Tamora, taken captive by the Romans, was forced to wed Saturninus who is king of the Romans.

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    A Doll’s House: Character Comparison and Contrast Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House contains a cast of deeply complex characters that emulate the 1800’s societal norms that they belong to. Two characters that compare and contrast each other throughout the play are Nora Helmer and Kristine Linde. Nora and Kristine are similar because they both display a sense of independence. Their personalities differ as Nora presents herself as inexperienced, while Kristine is more grounded in reality.

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    Written Assignment English A: Literature (SL) Session: May 2018 In the play ‘A Doll’s House’, Nora’s life bears a striking similarity to that of a girl playing with a doll. The girl, misled by the doll’s perfection, believes that real life is as perfect and as flawless as the doll’s features. Each and every door and window of the doll’s house projects an image of flawless excellence that is unattainable in real life.

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    Doll House The characters in A Doll House are complex but rather easy to rank in terms of virtue and integrity. Nora is a sweet and innocent victim of society that cares and sacrifices for her husband, clearly the most virtuous of them all. Dr. Rank could be seen as a bad friend to Torvald, but loves deeply for Nora as a person and not as an object.

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    The play a dolls house has been written by Henrik Ibsen in the 19th century when women were seen as weak and meagre in comparison to men; women during this time period women had nearly no real influence at all and because of this Henrik Ibsen was criticised a lot for making the protagonist of his play a woman. Henrik Ibsen was a feminist and was against the very thought that domestic work was meant entirely for a woman and that money matters was the man’s domain. Daily life in the Victorian era was very moralistic and was inspired by proper decorum and even the thought of opposing its norms was considered as transgression. Most marriages were ruled by social reputation, respectability and economic manners and marriage and bestowing a child upon their husband was the highest honour a woman could receive and because of all this and due to the very fact that this play has been written in the Victorian era Henrik Ibsen has fostered the main theme of the play to be money and its significant control over a woman’s fate in the play “A Doll’s House”.

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    Is the judgment that Mrs. Linde makes towards Nora of ‘being a child’ an accurate appraisal of her attitude and behavior with Torvald at the beginning of the play? The play “A doll’s house”, written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, is based on women’s struggle against the boundaries of gender social conformity. At the beginning of the play, Nora’s character portrays the predetermined role by society of a mother and wife, although she adopts different poses with different people. With Helmer, she is a childish wife that utilizes her own looks and sexuality to obtain comfort and protection.

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    Harry Sullivan’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations in Characterizing Nora’s Personality in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll's House Dr. Abdullah H. Kurraz Department of English Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Al-Azhar University – Gaza. Palestine e-mail: abdhk99@yahoo.com Abstract This paper sheds light on the psychological aspects of the character of Nora in Henrik Ibsen’s

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    Change Since the beginning of time society has determined how we has people should live. Throughout our lives we grow, mature, become independent, change and become who we are today. We start new friendships while we drift away from old ones, and we influence others’ lives just as much as they influence ours. When we are young our parents and families teach us how to behave and try to guide us down the correct path to fit in with society and the rest of the world.

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    Henrik Ibsen’s use of the ‘miracle’ in ‘A Doll’s House’ highlights the various themes and mainly, showing his disapproval of society through the deceit, lies and manipulation done by Nora, appalling the 19th century audience with his unconventional ideas that are portrayed in this play. The play is set in the late nineteenth century in Norwegia (Norway), starting off at the time of Christmas in Torvald Helmer’s house. The play is about a protagonist Nora, an innocent immature wife of Torvald and a mother of two children, who leads a normal, happy life until her past mistakes catch up to her. The play starts with a vivid description of Nora’s house and her actions of decorating for Christmas. A very homely and happy setting can be seen, with

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    Matthew Vainshtub A Doll House English 11R Mr. Kuitwart Doll’s House In Henrik Ibsen’s Doll’s House, Conflicts are misinterpreted both by the reader and by the characters, leading to an array of characterization conflictions and how they interact to convey a range between expectations and appearances. Resolving the confusion caused by conflict and characterization to reveal the characters true sense of self was a key element in developing the end in which Krogstad is seen as an eager passionate, Nora as an intelligent and independent woman, and Torvald as a coquettish man. Appearances show to be equivocal layers that covers the actuality of the play’s characters and disparaging series of eve.

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    In today’s world, our parents expect us to behave the way society wants us to. We may not follow this always and may deviate from behaving in the right way. These expectations tempted me to find out the expectations that existed in the Victorian Era. This mainly led me to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s house. Hence, I chose my research question of “The expectations of society that affect Torvald’s behavior.”

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    Nora remains one of the most striking dramatic depictions of the late –nineteenth century women.. The play gradually builds a climax when Nora rejects smothering marriage and life in a ‘doll’s house’. With the intention to liberate herself from social construction she slams the door in the end and leaves. Ibsen crafted the modern play by capturing the meaning behind modernism. He gives his audience a conventional middle-class household and lets his character Nora become the basic modernist.

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    In Norwegian society the man was meant to be a respectable and strong character in the community. The roles of men and women were drastically different compared to modern time roles. The power struggle and relationship between Nora and Torvald Helmer is reminiscent of the typical relationship in 19th century Norway. Torvald is the man of the house and Nora follows his orders because that is what society expects her to do. Nora is trapped inside her house by societal expectations while Torvald is trapped by the societal expectations to be the man of the house.

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