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  • 1. A Doll’s House Significance Influence on theater – Anh Bui Influence and Impact on Society – Mary Kay Baker
  • 2. Society in a Doll’s House
    • Portrayed as a repressive influence on the individual
      • Created a series of conventions and codes that an individual would defy at his or her own peril
      • Dramatizes the hidden conflicts in this society by  opening the doors to the private, and secret rooms of the bourgeois homes
  • 3. The Changing Role of Women in Society as seen in A Doll’s House
    • The gender motif was more than a search for individual fulfillment
    • Ibsen thought that women should have a chance to develop their own identity
      • Role was actually self sacrificial
  • 4. Changing Role of Women Cont.
      • What defined one’s place in society was one’s ability to make and control money
      • Their ability to control money enabled them to control others’ lives, including defining morals
  • 5. A Doll’s House and the Theater
    • Considered first feminist play of the Victorian time period
      • Presented aspects of middle class life that were not supposed to be made publically known
  • 6. Response to A Doll’s House
    • Shocked by unhappy ending and feminism
    • People saw their own problems on stage because Ibsen gave a more realistic view of society instead of the Victorian view of perfection
  • 7. Banning of A Doll’s House
    • Banned in England when first release
    • Ending changed to be performed in Germany
    • Created controversy after Victorian period ended
  • 8. Criticism of A Doll’s House
    • Reconstructive rather than destructive
    • Superficial treatment of the problems a divorced woman
    • Mentioned aspects of middle class life that were not publically known
  • 9. Sources
    • http://department.monm.edu/classics/Speel_Festschrift/urban.htm
    • http://www.novelguide.com/ADoll’sHouse/themeanalysis.html
    • http://portal.enesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=4957&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
    • http://www.lancasterukonline.net/reviews/theatre/lutg_05doll_house.htm
    • http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/
    • http://www.mnc.net/norway/Ibsen.htm