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October 02, 2008

Appraising Ibsen's *A Doll's House*

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Just for fun--Mr T. as "Torvald." From Saturday Night LIve's T.V. Funhouse:

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The woman were treated like children. The woman had to have their husbands consent before completeing tasks. You can tell women where on the back burner because of Helmer's comment in the play. He says he would work hard for his wife, but no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. To me this is very different from today. Not many concern of honour and a women these days would tell Helmer where to stick it if he said something like that. Especially if he is your husband. But all in all woman where treated like children.

Posted by: Marisa Penix at October 3, 2008 11:51 PM

Question 3
The concept of morality is represented within this piece of work of literature Nora’s justification of her actions even though they are not right. It is also displayed through Korgsad’s unremorseful blackmailing. Unfairness can be identified within the literature through the primary fact that Nora could not burrow the money on her own because of her gender. Sincerity can be recognized through the primary fact that Nora was willing to burrow the money, knowing that it was a tremendous risk. A key ethic demonstrated in this piece of literature is honesty. The standards in this work are not the same for everyone. Some characters in this story have permission from the writer to be unethical. Unprincipled behavior is punished through the ruin of reputation and even imprisonment.

Posted by: Dominique Smith at October 4, 2008 06:41 PM

I was in Group 2, our question was, What role does “Conflict” play in “A Doll’s House”? Our response was that money was the major conflict in the play. Nora is forced to live by her husband’s rules; she is like a doll in his personal doll house. Nora’s only escape is when she is spending money. The problem is that Helmer can’t afford all of Nora’s expenses. They are living comfortably, but Nora wants to raise their status. Helmer is slowly trying to cut Nora’s allowance, but Nora is really fighting it.

Posted by: Mary Chuhinko at October 6, 2008 10:13 PM

Carlos Amado-Blanco
A Doll's House
Question #5
The role of Reality plays a big part in the story because all of the conflicts that accur are realistic and true. These are all issues that happen to people on a everyday basis. The blackmailing, the lies, the money issues, and the romance are all can all be pertrayed in today's society.

Posted by: Carlos Amado-Blanco at October 6, 2008 11:52 PM

how is the economy represented in a dolls house. torvlad doesnt like nora spending money. she wishes they had alot of money, but they really dont. nora continues to ask for money even though torvald doesnt want to give her money he does to make her happy. nora loaths to be richshe gloads to her friends about money she does not have. krogstad is not only after money, but also after the bank, showing the relationship of money and power. when nora and torvald finnaly get every thing they wanted, nora leaves to make her own money and take care of her self.

Posted by: John Baron at October 7, 2008 12:59 PM

#1. In Act One there are five characters, Helmer, Nora, Torvald, Helen and Porter. What is seems to me is that Porter's purpose was to get the tree for Christmas; I believe that Porter is some sort of servant or worker do to the fact that Nora paid him extra when he brought the tree in. Helmer seems to be the man of the house most likely Torvald's father. Nora seems to be the woman of the house since she is dealing with whom I believe to be servants or workers and then she asks about how much money they can spend over the holiday. I also believe that she is Torvald's mother because she got him a surprise (Macaroons). Torvald is the son of Nora and Helmer and I believe that he is of a younger age do to the fact that they are trying to hide the tree until it is totally dressed and decorated. And that leaves Helen who I believe is the maid since in the very beginning when they are summarizing the scene, they say that the maid opens the door and Helen was the old that Nova asked to hide the tree. To summarize this Act, it is when the tree comes and everyone is excited for the holiday. Everyone is getting ready to decorate the tree.
Act two has two characters, Nora and her nurse named Anne. Nora is the mother of three young children that she wants to have a perfect christmas but because she has to go away she does not want them to see her to get used to being without her. The Nurse's job is to confort her and tell her that everything is okay. That is pretty much the scene to, Nora and the Nurse talking about how if Nora goes away if her children will forget her and that Nora is upset because no one has come to see her on christmas day or even sent a letter.
Act Three has two characters, Mrs. Linde and Krog (as called Nils by Mrs. Linde) Mrs. Linde seems as though at one time she was cheating on her husband with Krog. She broke it off with him through a letter and wrote him again to meet her at the house so she could talk to him about it. Things seem to heat up but Mrs. Linde says that she had to end everything including his feelings for her. In the end it makes me feel like they had known eachother for a long time, I think this because she said that she could not wait for him. And he thought she left him for another man a long time ago just because of the money, but she says that she was a mother and had to little brothers and she needed to support them.
This whole play is a twist after a twist I believe. I did like the play but nothing seems to have ended; it is as though there should be more acts to answer the many questions that were still unanswered.

Posted by: Danielle Dunlevy at October 7, 2008 01:31 PM


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Posted by: Dr. Hobbs at October 7, 2008 10:33 PM

The play is very realistic and the problems that the characters have are common problems in the world today. They have money issues which is one of the leading causes of divorce. Many married couples argue over money and how they should spend it. Poverty is another realistic problem in the world that Nora and Torvalt experience in the play.

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