A Doll’s House: Jungian Analysis

In Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the path to self-realization and transformation is depicted by the main character, Nora Helmer. She is a woman constrained by both her husband’s domineering ways as well as her own. From a Jungian perspective, Nora’s lack of a developed contrasexual force, or animus, is the stumbling block to her achieving … Read moreA Doll’s House: Jungian Analysis

Analysis of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House: Feminist or Humanist?

Henrik Ibsen’s well known play, A Doll’s House, has long been considered a predominantly feminist work. The play focuses on the seemingly happy Helmers, Nora and Torvald, who appear to have an ideal life. Nora is charming, sweet, and stunningly beautiful, and Torvald is a wealthy and successful banker. Of course, the couple has gone … Read moreAnalysis of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House: Feminist or Humanist?

A Doll’s House: Breaking With Theatrical Tradition

In A Doll’s House by Ibsen, the author takes the preconditions and viewer expectations of the play format established by earlier writers and uses them to shock his audience rather than lull them into oblivion with simple entertainment. Ibsen inherits these preconditions and expectations from two main theatrical trends, the tragic tradition and the well-made … Read moreA Doll’s House: Breaking With Theatrical Tradition

A Doll’s House: Revolution From Within

When Nora Helmer slammed the door shut on her doll’s house in 1879, her message sent shockwaves around the world that persist to this day. “I must stand quite alone,” Nora declares, “if I am to understand myself and everything about me” (Ibsen 64). After years of playing the role of a superficial doll, Nora … Read moreA Doll’s House: Revolution From Within

The Morality of Relationships in ‘A Doll’s House’

In his play ‘A Doll’s House’ Henrik Ibsen provides the audience with an insight into life in 19th Century Norway and the injustices that existed in society at the time. Throughout the narrative Ibsen uses the Nora and Torvald’s relationship as a vehicle through which he explores the constitution of marriage and the morality of … Read moreThe Morality of Relationships in ‘A Doll’s House’

Nora: Subservient and Independent

The opening of the play ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen provides the audience with an introduction to the protagonist Nora and an insight into the nature of her marriage with Torvald. Even from this early point in the play Ibsen explores the constitution of marriage in 19th Century Norway, particularly the rigid gender roles … Read moreNora: Subservient and Independent

Social Criticism in A Doll’s House and Look Back in Anger

The term “social criticism” refers to a type of condemnation that reveals the reasons for malicious conditions in a society which is considered deeply flawed. Indeed, both Ibsen and Osborne, in their respective plays A Doll’s House and Look Back in Anger, use theater as a means of voicing their opinions on the imperfections of … Read moreSocial Criticism in A Doll’s House and Look Back in Anger