Influence Of Naturalism In A Doll's House

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A Doll’s House Coursework - 187
Social, Cultural, Historical and Political Context
As A Doll’s House was written in Norway’s first wave of Feminism there were very few supporters of it, meaning that many events in the play would have been shocking for the 19th Century audiences. Nora taking out a loan without her husband’s permission, and her leaving her husband are the two key events in the play that show how little independence women had thus being the most shocking. Ibsen was a supporter of Feminism and writing the play was an attempt to bring this to light. Religion played a key part in maintaining the patriarchy in the 19th Century as it was widely accepted that women were inherently evil as it was Eve who betrayed God. Despite being rarely
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Ibsen’s style was inspired by practitioner Constantin Stanislavski. They both incorporated naturalism in their work as they believed theatre should be similar to everyday life. For example; there should be a fourth wall separating actors and audience, and only use naturalistic methods when acting. When translating A Doll’s House from book to stage we used Stanislavski’s system; a progression of techniques used to train actors to draw believable emotions into performances. It is also used to explain why characters may behave a particular way. For example; when Nora eating the macaroons, and lying to Torvald about it. This is reflecting Torvald’s overpowering nature on Nora as she is being pushed into a lie by her husband because, if he found out, she would likely be punished. Nora’s lie also reflects how she has always been independent and capable on her own, rather than obeying every one of Torvald’s …show more content…
To do this we split into pairs and were given a segment of dialogue between Nora and Torvald. We were also told whether to play Torvald or Nora as the dominant one, or to play them as equals. As I was playing Torvald as the dominant one I played him as I interpreted him in the original text [pages 25-26]. This meant I spoke to Nora in a patronising tone. I also emphasized certain words, such as my in the sentence ‘has my little squanderbird been overspending again’. The emphasis on ‘my’ reinforces the idea that Nora was the property of Torvald, as was the norm of the

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