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It's a Dolls Life

Advantagescomplex characters

Disadvantagesfelt a bit suffocated whilst reading

"A Doll House was the first of Ibsen's plays to create such a HUGE sensation and I think it is now perhaps his most famous play. It is my favourite Ibsen play. At the time when it was published, the play was highly controversial due to it's blatent criticicism of the standard Victorian marriage. About the author Henrik Johan Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright of the late 19th century. He brought to the European stage a whole new order of moral analysis ..." Read review
24.05.2008

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irachx

could you live in a dolls house?

Advantagesgood plot, reflects society at the time

Disadvantagesstudying it is tedious

"...college and had to do a piece of coursework based on this play as part of my English Literature course. Whilst having to study the play, I did not really enjoy this play. Whilst I do love to read and pick out points and themes and tiny aspects to analyse, I just found that this play seemed one dimensional. (My first impression was that this play was basically about a immature women's inferior role in a life where women are seen merely as housewives) ..." Read review
25.01.2011

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Community Level 2Joeyjoe

Joeyjoe

Living in a Doll's House.

AdvantagesA great feminist play written by a man.

Disadvantagesnone,

"When Ibsen created a Doll’s House he aimed to create it in a certain way. This structure was known as the well made play. Here are some examples of the format of the well made play and by looking at this list it is clear that A Doll’s House is of that nature. The Well Made Play 1) The plot during a well made play is usually based upon a withheld secret, often about the hero or main character and when it is revealed, the story line ..." Read review
24.05.2004

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Community Level 2Colzie

Colzie

Intelligently executed

AdvantagesA better understanding of Victorian thought

Disadvantagesn/a

"This play was a pioneer of its time. It was created in the Victorian age, where women where submissive to their husbands, and children only spoke when spoken to. However, this play explored these themes and dealt with them with great care and thought. The central character of the play is Nora, a wife of a soon to be Bank manager. She has a hidden secret which slowly becomes extracted as the play evolves, creating ongoing dramatic tension throughout ..." Read review
26.03.2001

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Community Level 4Telute

Telute

The opinion is better than the play

AdvantagesIt's short

Disadvantageshe plot, characters, writing etc

"...will conceed that it is a feminist play and hence the forerunner of womens lib I cannot excuse the utter boredom it induces in the reader. The plot revolves around the fact that Nora, wife of Torvald, has borrowed money without her husbands permission and by forging his signature. The money is borrowed from a man called Krogstad, who loses his job at Torvalds bank and demands that Nora gets him reinstatd or he will tell Torvald. Nora fails to reinstate ..." Read review
20.10.2000

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Community Level 3MagicKitten

MagicKitten

The little skylark

AdvantagesGood message and critcal of theatre at the time- the late 19th century

DisadvantagesCan be annoying and not the most thrilling play ever written

"I studied this for my A level English Literature exam, and I'm still not sure if I like it or not. On the one hand it's got a good message; Ibsen was criticising melodrama of the time and the poor position of women in society. It is certainly one of the first feminist plays and Ibsen's message comes across clearly, despite the criticism of it at the time. He was certainly very brave in writing this play, as he knew it was considered shocking and unthinkable. ..." Read review
22.11.2000

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super_jimbo

a great play

Advantagesa great play if performed well

Disadvantagesthe film version is terrible

"...in his time and as a result has created a play that is more accepted and appreciated by today's society than it was by his contemporary audience. At the time there was such an outcry about the end of the play (I won't spoil it for you) that Ibsen was eventually forced into writing an inferior, weaker ending. If however you can get hold of a copy of his re-written finale then it is worth it if you wish to see deeper into his society. Ibsen's time, ..." Read review
15.12.2000

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MrMusic2000_uk

Surealist Master Piece

AdvantagesTotaly changed public opion, femanist classic

DisadvantagesNot a good air-port book - quite deep

"...as she tries to become a ‘free woman’ and no longer a ‘toy doll’ to Helmer her husband. The whole play in a true surrealist fashion is set in the Helmer family house and major incidents happen off stage or before the play is set – like most surrealist plays the true point of the play was to show people not what Nora’s life is like but what the audience’s life is like. The plot may be slightly slow moving but Ibsen more than makes up for it ..." Read review
30.07.2000

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Kitty-Margolis

One of the first feminist plays

AdvantagesTackled conventional views of society and promoted role of women and attacked the melodrama of the period

DisadvantagesCan appear quite dull and with little action and sometimes a little unrealistic

"...his period. The result is a play which uses the characterization of Nora as his focus for criticism and he uses a naturalistic method of writing to criticise melodrama. At first the characters seem rather 2 dimensional and not particularly developed and Nora can be annoying. However, as the play progresses Nora develops and evokes more sympathy. Our opinion of Torvald decreases and the reader despises his mysogynistic views and moral preaching. The ..." Read review
07.11.2000

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Community Level 1performeress

performeress

Ibsen's A Doll's House- Realism with a Twist

AdvantagesThe surprise ending is empowering for women.

DisadvantagesIf you like happy endings, it might be best to give this one a miss.

"...drama at university. If you're a drama buff and you haven't read this play, it's an essential read and one you shouldn't overlook as part of your ongoing theatre education. As well as being entertaining with some really endearing characters, 'A Doll's House' is an excellent example of a Well Made Play. Well, it would be if it weren't for the ending which goes against the usual happy, neat conclusions that are traditional of a well made play. But the ..." Read review
03.09.2009

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Community Level 2AlexMayer

AlexMayer

The path to women's lib

Advantagesgood as social history

Disadvantagesnow it's not shocking it's just rather boring

"...tells the story of Nora, a housewife and mother, who lives with her husband Torvald. It is nearly Christmas and preparations are being make for the festivities. However Nora has a secret which is about to be found out. The play was ground breaking because of Nora's growing realisation during the play that she in effect lives a 'Doll's' existance in a 'Dolls House'. She is a decorative play thing for Torvald. Nora has never been in ..." Read review
02.07.2000

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