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Free Essays On A Doll's House: An Essay

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A Doll House

A Doll House was one of Henrik Ibsen's most controversial plays. He wrote this realistic play in 1879. Ibsen's writing style of realism was clearly shown in this play. This play was controversial at the time it was written, shocking conservative readers. But, at the same time, the play served as a rallying point for supporters of a drama with different ideas.

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Women were expected only to tend to the husband's and children's needs. Women were not supposed to do anything without first consulting the husband and certainly never do anything without his prior knowledge and approval. Women were expected to be at home and always looking presentable for their husbands.

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Scenery plot

In this play A Doll House, the entire play takes place in Nora and Torvald's apartment. All of the three acts take place in the same apartment therefore scenery is not a major aspect of the play. The apartment set up goes as follows: there is a back wall, there are two doors, the door to the right leads out to the hall while the door to the left leads to Torvald's study. In the middle of the left-hand wall is a door with a window on its nearer side. In the wall on the right-hand side, somewhat to the back, is a door. The floor is carpeted.

Costume plot

1) Torvald Helmer in Act One is dressed like a businessman wearing a waistcoat. Later in the act, he is wearing an overcoat and hat as he leaves the apartment. In Act Two, Torvald Helmer is wearing the same attire as in Act One. In Act Three, Torvald is wearing a black coat and evening attire.

2) Dr. Rank in Act One he is dressed in business attire with a fur coat on top. In Act Two, Dr. Rank is wearing the same attire as in Act One. In Act Three, Dr. Rank is wearing evening attire.

3) Nils Krogstad in Act One is wearing business attire. In Act Two, Krogstad is wearing traveling clothes, high boots and a fur cap. In Act Three, Krogstad is wearing the same clothes as in Act Two.

4) Porter who is only seen in Act One is wearing gray pants with a dark jacket, and a dark coat with a matching dark cap and gloves.

5) Nora Helmer in Act One is wearing street clothes which consists of a long dress with side pockets, a coat, gloves, and a hat covering her head. In Act Two, Nora is wearing the same clothes as in Act One. In Act Three, Nora is seen first in her Italian costume with a black shawl. Later in the act, she is wearing Torvald's coat and then changes into a dress. As the act ends, she is wearing a coat and a hat.

6) Mrs. Kristine Linde in Act One is wearing traveling clothes - a long cape-like coat, a scarf and bonnet type hat. In Act Two, Mrs. Linde is seen in the same clothes as in Act One. In Act three, Mrs. Linde is wearing traveling clothes, hat and cape.

7) Helen, the maid, is wearing a long black sleeved dress, with a long white apron on top in Act one. She is wearing the same clothes in Act Two and does not appear in Act three of the play.

8) Anna -Marie appears only in Act One and Two in which she is wearing a long, plain house dress.

Properties Plot

Scenery pieces for Act One: Nora and Torvald's apartment is an inexpensive but comfortably furnished room. In the back wall, there are two separate doors. The door to the...

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