Flashcards in A doll's house Deck (52)
In several German theatres they refused to put it on
He regretted changing the ending to accommodate as this was why he wrote the play.
When did they ban places from firing women for being married and having a job?
The book was to be understood as
a slice of life- it was a leading work in the fight against idealism.
Idea of uplifting feeling
lack of uplifting feeling or indeed reconciliation shows it was not a idealist paly.
Ibsen denied his work being a reaction to social and political actualities
“I must decline the honour consciously to have worked the case for women.”
Beauty is freedom for Helmer
as shown when he tells Nora not to borrow any money- this would most certainly confine them to a life of debt.
Compliancy of Nora
hen he says that they must not spend credit for fear of being confined- she replies saying “Everything as you wish, Torvald”
Prejudice view of women-
he says, when Nora can’t understand how to act with money, that she is just like a woman. - she is like a little bird that fritters with money.
Nora and mrs Linde meet
he ignores almost the grief that Mrs Linde is feeling and talks about her wonderful life with children and who Torvald has such a great new job at the banks.
Mrs Linde explains the predicament that she is in financially
nobody is dependent on her- not her brothers nor her ill mother and her husband has left her with no money since he left her.
We see the anger of Mrs Linde
she snaps at Nora for not understanding that she can't simply not work.
Nora beyond being able to understand the viewpoint of Mrs Linde
Shows how she is childlike- sets up the relationship between the two as they have both sacrificed dignity and ambition to be in a financially secure position. Mrs Linde is poised to help educated Nora.
Nora explained to Mrs linde the predicament she is in because mrs thinks that she has known no hardship in her life- she explains how she raised money to keep Torvald alive
she doesn't want to tell Torvald this as she fears it may hurt his pride- man pride. She explains that instead of making ornaments she was using the time to work and make the money for the trip to Italy .
Nora offers Dr. Ranz Macaroons
he thought they were banned as Torvald said they would make her teeth rot
We see examples of deception
From the macaroons to the money borrowing. However in the latter example we empathise with her as she is motivated by selflessness and a love for her husband. She thinks that it is Torvald and his rules that has lead her to keep it from him .
Krogstad enters on Nora
he asks whether she will get a job at the bank and Nora says yes because, even though she is a woman , she has a lot of power and control over her husband.
Krogstad feels his position is in jeopardy
he depends on the job to make his sons happy. He says that if she doesn't help he has the power to make her help…
A dramatic scene
Krogstad knows that she forged the signature for the money from her father. K did a similar thing and has now got him into trouble. Nora, clearly disturbed, carries on decorating the tree. K leaves. She believes that since her motives were good that she is in the right.
Torvald on forgery
Torvald, makes her worried as he says that someone doing such a thing would be abhorrent behaviour. Naughty children almost always have a corrupt mother.
It makes him physically sick that people can allow them selves to act in such a way- contrasts with his sweet little skylark.
Krogstad, onyl interested in regain reputation
not inner self as he used blackmail on Nora.
Christmas has passed and Nora frets about the position she is in
Mrs however notices how she has changed since the previous day- they learn that Dr. Rank is ill through an inherited disease from his father.
she shows him her new stockings and hints that she has favour to ask hiM - Probably regarding helping K. He confesses his love for her- she denies wanting his help but he pleads to let him help her. He apologises for misinterpreting her behaviour-
Nora on love
she says that those who she loves aren't always those who she wants to spend time with- for example the maids when she was younger never used to dictate her behaviour and thus would play with them- unlike her father.
even if N were to commit suicide, her reputation would be in his hands. - he says that Torvald should have simply just promoted him. on the way out K leaves a letter detailing what N has done in the letterbox.
When Mrs Linde finds out that Nora has forged the letter
Nora makes Mrs swear to say that the forgery was her doing. She doesn't want anything bad to happen to T should she disappear
Nora on fate
In the second act Nora claims that something glorious is going to happen to her
Rejecting the teachings of Torvald
Torvald and Nora get ready for the dance and he coaches her- she rejects his teaching and dances wildly and freely.
Difference between Torvald and the other characters
he does not grow or change during the play- he is the only one to not have kept a secret.
Nora cooperative but wise
by calling herself his little squirrel and by conforming to his standards he is more willing to cooperate with her desires. She develops integrity though and backtracks on flirting with Dr Rank .