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1

Ibsen 1878
(3 quotes on women)

“A woman cannot be herself in contemporary society”
“It is an exclusively male society”
“Judge [women] from the male point of view”

2

Koht - contemporary critic
(The play as a whole)

“Exploded like a bomb into contemporary life”

3

Bogh- contemporary critic
(Naturalism)

“Simple in its action and so everyday in its dress”

4

General contemporary response - Germany

Ibsen was forced to write a ‘happy ending’ for a German production

5

Shaw - contemporary critic 1891
(Ibsen)

“The greatest living poet and moral teacher”
Passionately concerned with social issues

6

Social Demokraten review - 1879
(2 quotes on the play in its context)

“This play touches the lives of thousands of families”
“There are thousands of such doll homes”

7

Vullum - 1879
(The play)

“There is something indescribably unnatural in this”

8

Templeton -
(2 quotes on Nora)

“Not just a woman arguing for female liberation”
“[Nora] embodies the comedy as well as the tragedy of modern life”

9

Modern critics - general idea

Recognise Ibsen’s ability to stage humanity.

10

Schaefle - modern critic
(5 quotes)

“Boldly defies social constraints of 19th Century Norway”
“Expectations of propriety are in truth a suffocating facade”
“Fragile pretence of a blissful marriage”
“Strangled by stringent expectations”
“Overwhelming pressure of social conformity”

11

Worrall -
(Nora)

“Seeming the perfect bourgeoise wife”

12

‘Women’s role in Cultural life in Norway’

“They were finally left with reproduction only”
“[women were] the caretakers of that pressure for conformity and conventionality”

13

Strindberg - 1884
(Marriage)

“Marriage was revealed as being a far from divine institution”

14

Milett - 1971
(Nora)

“Nora confronted every convention and the chivalrous masculine prejudice”

15

Gray -
(Nora)

“[a] spirited woman beneath the convention-respecting surface”

16

Morahan - 21st century
(The play)

“There’s something timeless about it”

17

Long -
(Nora)

“Nora is seen as a monster and an unnatural woman”

18

Adams -
(Nora)

“Ibsen meant [Nora] to be Everyman”

19

Garland -
(Nora and Torvald)

“Nora and Torvald’s relationship is an unresolved battle for power”