Analysis Of A Doll House By Henrik Ibsen

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In A Doll House, a play directed by Ina Marlowe and written by Henrik Ibsen, a young mother, Nora, deals with the psychological stress of her lies and must directly confront her mistakes. While differing slightly from the writings of Ibsen, Marlowe’s play explores the theme of female sacrifice and demonstrates the influence of realism. The main character Nora, played by Aziza Gharib, demonstrates the theme of female sacrifice through her initial actions and following decisions. First, in order to afford a vacation to Italy to help treat her husband’s sickness, Nora takes out a loan using her father's signature. During this time period, women were not allowed to take out loans. Furthermore, the act of faking her dead father's signature was …show more content…
The influence of realism is first seen in the plays’ set design. The majority of the play takes place in the Helmer’s living room- decorated to look like a typical living room of the time period. Soft lighting complements the realistic use of props and furniture, giving it a natural feel. Furthermore, the costuming of the characters reflects the style of the time period as they wear things such as layered dresses, top hats, and overall conservative apparel. The natural and non-intrusive makeup compliments the costuming, providing a genuine and realistic feeling. Finally, the influence of realism is evident in the acting styles presented in the play. The actors exhibit realistic reactions and never break “the fourth wall”. By doing so, the audience feels as if they are peering into the lives of the characters, and feel as though they are witnessing real events. Through the use of realism, A Doll House creates an engaging and life-like play that displays various …show more content…
While watching the play, I found the utilization of realism enjoyable and effective, as it created a sense of witnessing true events unfold. Furthermore, the acting in the play aided in creating a realistic feeling as they engaged emotionally and logically. Likewise, I appreciate the connection between the title of the play and its meaning in the play, as in the end Nora reveals she has been living in a doll house, specifically Torvald’s dollhouse. Overall, even though the play varies from Ibsen's play in regards to small details, blocking, and expression, the play encapsulates a dramatic story in a realistic manner, making it enjoyable and easy to

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