A Doll’s House is a three-act play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 21, 1879, and was published earlier that month. The play is set in a Norwegian city around 1879.
In 2006, the centenary of Ibsen’s death, A Doll’s House earned the distinction of being the most-performed play in the world that year. UNESCO inscribed Ibsen’s autographed manuscripts of A Doll’s House in the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value.
|Title||A Doll’s House|
|Year of Publication||December 21, 1879|
|Number of Pages||636|
A Doll’s House Summary
Nora Helmer once secretly borrowed a large sum of money so that her husband could recover from a serious illness. She never told him about this loan and he has been paying it secretly in small installments saving from her family allowance. Her husband, Torvald, considers her careless and childish and often calls her her doll. When he is appointed director of the bank, his first act is to relieve a man who once fell into disgrace for having forged his signature on a document.
This man, Nils Krogstad, is the person from whom Nora has borrowed money. It is then revealed that she forged her father’s signature to get the money. Krogstad threatens to reveal Nora’s crime and thus disgrace her and her husband unless Nora can convince her husband not to fire him from her. Nora tries to influence her husband, but he thinks that Nora is a simple girl who cannot understand the value of money or business. Therefore, when Torvald discovers that Nora has forged her father’s name, he is willing to give up his wife even though she has done it for him. Later, when everything is resolved, Nora sees that her husband does not deserve her love and leaves him.
A Doll’s House Review
Ibsen was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who evaluate female behavior from a perspective.” male point of view.” Her ideas can also be seen as having a broader application: Michael Meyer argued that the theme of the play is not women’s rights, but rather “the need of each individual to discover the kind of person he really is and to strive to become one.” person.”
In a speech to the Norwegian Women’s Rights Association in 1898, Ibsen insisted that she “must renounce the honor of having consciously worked for the women’s rights movement” as she wrote “without any conscious thought of to make propaganda”, their task is “the description of humanity”.