The Misconceptions Of Henrik Ibsen's Play

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Norwegian born in 1828, Henrik Ibsen, the oldest of five children was living in poverty due to the business failures of his father. Ibsen showed great interest in painting and reading; in his teens began painting and writing poetry. At the age of twenty-one, Henrik Ibsen wrote his first play titled, Catilina. His first play was a drama, very much influenced by the style of Shakespeare. It did not receive much notice but did open the door for him to be hired as a writer and manager for the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen. Ibsen later settled in Italy; his first major success was the five-act play, Brand. This play made him famous in other countries as well, and ushered in another well received play, Peer Gynt. He then moved to Germany, “The Pillars …show more content…
Nora comes across early on as frivolous and consumed with bad spending habits. She does not seem to be quite intelligent and is treated like a play thing by her husband. Her husband is constantly calling her by pet names, and she responds to them in a very childish naïve manner. Her husband often speaks in a manner that is condescending and belittles her concept of appropriateness. As her character develops in this three act play, we will come to realize just how easily we are fooled by these misconceptions. Her exposition to her old friend foreshadows events to come.
Our second character, Torvald Helmer is husband to the protagonist Nora. A very matter of fact businessman, husband, and father. It is quite apparent early on that he has little respect for women in general, and treats Nora not only as a doll, but as a trophy wife of sorts. He is preoccupied with his work, and you can grasp early on that his wife is but a distraction. He likes for her to dress up, and to look pretty for his
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A middle class dwelling in the suburbs. Being in this era, certain gender roles were quite evident. Women were to be submissive to their husbands, and raise the children. Men were the bread winners and perceived as superior to women in every manner (Meyer, 2014, 1250). It is Christmas time, there is significance as to the timing in that at the first of the year Nora feels her secret can remain safe forever if she wishes (Ibsen, 1879, 1251-52). Unforeseen turmoil at the bank may threaten this notion, and possibly destroy Nora and her

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