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A Doll's House
A Doll's House | Henrick Ibsen
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A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. 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 assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint." Its ideas can also be seen as having a wider application: Michael Meyer argued that the play's theme is not women's rights, but rather "the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person." In a speech given to the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he "must disclaim the honor of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement," since he wrote "without any conscious thought of making propaganda," his task having been "the description of humanity." In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play.
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LizaComberg
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Fantastic short story/play, set in a Norwegian town circa 1879. Old feminist literature, but still very relevant.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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This quick moving play was fun on audio with an all-star casting featuring Calista Flockhart as Nora Helmer, a housewife in the late 1800's Norway when a woman was expected to look pretty and not worry her pretty little head with real decisions. Nora dared to take control of life where she could. As a former theater kid, I think Nora would be damn fun to play. Nora is fast-talking, charming, enjoys pretty things, but also makes some ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick bad decisions with a penchant for the dramatics. An enjoyable two hour listen, but you could study it and make more of it if scholarly pursuits are more your thing. I took it for face value and had a good time. It really could be set in any locale from 1870s-1940s, and the general themes would still apply.
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Texreader Excellent review 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Gissy I liked this play too. 1y
TheBookHippie Favorite of mine! 1y
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Argon
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A social play focusing on a married couple in late 19th century Norway (contemporary when Ibsen wrote it). I enjoyed reading it. Didn‘t love the characters, especially Torvald at the end, but Nora‘s realisation about herself and their marriage was interesting and I liked the ending. I can see why it‘s performed so often.
7.5/10
My June #BookSpin read

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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CindiB
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Loved this. His commentary on 19th century marriage and it‘s treatment of women was fascinating. It makes me want to read more. Interesting though is it‘s ending that has Nora going back to her home as though it is still there and if it is, why could it not be sold before? It is odd to think that what was women‘s lack of choices - no economic independence - is not dealt with here realistically. Still, I loved this.

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saritaroth
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For those who don't know, this is actually a play. It centers around Nora and Torvald, a couple who are happy on the surface, but underneath carry secrets that could destroy their relationship. I thought it was pretty good; I just thought Nora's view of her marriage changed quite drastically very quickly. It was quite progressive for its time, though; at that time, you didn't often see unsatisfactory marriages or any mention of divorce. 🌟🌟🌟

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skye071803
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woah....
i hadn‘t heard much about this book earlier, but its third act shook me to my core.

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Toryp
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I‘m 1887 the play started riots because a woman had the audacity to discover her real self. Beautiful and classic.

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amber_ldsmom
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Day 9: #FallingOutOfLove #FebruaryFeels
I named my daughter after Nora from A Doll‘s House because I wanted her to have the same strength to stand up for herself. Nora‘s overbearing and condescending husband Torvald had it coming.

Lcsmcat Good choice! 3y
Eggs May your Nora be as strong and resilient as you hope her to be 💕 3y
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lost.in.a.book
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I am a human not a pet.

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Connster
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I‘ve just re-read this, having read and seen it at the theatre around 20 years ago when I was at college. I definitely appreciate more of the themes and concepts now that I‘m older (and wiser?!🧐) I wish I could remember more of the analysis we did in lessons, but 20 years is quite a while!

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AnneCecilie
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The #GrandHotel in Oslo

The balcony in the middle of the picture is where the Nobel Peace Prize laureates stand to receive the greetings from the people outside.

The restaurant to the left of the picture, Grand Cafe, is where Henrik Ibsen dined two times a day. Other celebrities who has frequented this restaurant are Edvard Munch, Roald Amundsen, Knut Hamsun and Fridtjof Nansen.

#WanderingJune

Siri_reads Hva er 30junebooks for noe?🤔 (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB I love all about this post 😍😍😍 3y
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads nå håper jeg at hashtaggen er oppdatert til noe annet. Nesten hver måned er det en eller flere som arrangerer foto utfordringer. Hver dag har sitt tema som blir den dagens hashtag og et tema for måneden. De som arrangerer publiserer dette på slutten av hver måned for neste måned gjerne med påminnelser underveis. Følger du noen som arrangerer dette? Og vil du det? 3y
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Siri_reads Ok nå forstår jeg. Vet ikke om jeg ønsker å delta enda. Akkurat nå er alt så hektisk med skoleslutt ? 3y
Cinfhen What a beautiful hotel!!! Indeed, #GrandHotel 3y
batsy Oh, very cool! 3y
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads Skjønner at det er mye nå mot slutten av skoleåret, men viktig å huske på at man trenger ikke å være med alle dager, man kan faktisk være med kun en dag. Det er en fin måte å komme i kontakt med andre Littens på. 3y
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A short play but one that really hits the mark. Ibsen makes some brilliant points on men and women in marriage (way back in 1879) and the need for men to stop judging women by masculine standards. A must read for anyone exploring feminism and masculinity.

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For anyone who thinks that feminism hasn‘t been around for a while, this play was first published in 1879 and the dialogue between this wife and her husband is very telling. An excellent read so far.

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😂😂😂😂

Kaylamburson Ha!! 4y
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It‘s that time again!!! The lovely folks at Pact coffee have sent me another bag of lovely coffee - this one from Brazil and said to bear hints of dark chocolate, blueberry and biscuit. Also, book 6 in my BTRBYD series is Henrik Ibsen‘s ‘A Doll‘s House‘.

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EmilieGR
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Forgettable

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zsuzsanna_reads
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Another classic play I finally got round to reading. (I like reading plays probably more than watching them. I'm weird that way.) I stopped counting the times I wanted to punch Nora's husband, Torwald.

"A woman cannot be herself in modern society with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess female conduct from a male standpoint." Ibsen

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Link to some background in the comments.

Cathythoughts Great pic ♥️ 4y
NeedsMoreBooks Loved this and enjoyed teaching this ❤️ 4y
zsuzsanna_reads @NeedsMoreBooks you're lucky to get to teach such great literature! 4y
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ReadingEnvy
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My first read for the Books and Chocolate (blog) Back to the Classics challenge - a play. I listened to the LA Theatre Works version of A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, in English, about the limits for women in 1879, and a husband who can't see his wife as more than he's been taught women are. Premiered in Copenhagen in 1879.

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Violetta
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4⭐ This play raises uncomfortable, especially for the late XIXth century, questions of love, dignity, relationships and personal freedom. It's a bit didactic, because main characters suddenly change there attitude dramatically, but the small volume of a #play couldn't do better. It is our #bookclub read for today, and I guess the discussion will be heated!🔥
#Norwegian

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kaylscampbell
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Similar to Shakespeare in writing style as it‘s different

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Em_loves
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Teaching this today with sixth form. They need to compare it to poetry by Christina Rossetti. 😁
Group presentations in response to a critical stimulus ... I‘m excited to see what they can produce :)
Have an excellent day everyone!

TommieMarie74 I loved reading this play in school! It‘s one of my all time favorites. Will they get to see the movie adaptation too? ❤️ 5y
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La_Cori
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It really surprised me, it felt so contemporary!!!
Thanks again #SerialReader, i'm discovering some good classics!

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Libby1
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ALL THE STARS!!!

I actually finished this a few days ago but hadn‘t reviewed it because it‘s been stirring around in my brain.

The characters, the plot, the foreshadowing, the dramatic tension: PERFECTION.

I can‘t say more about it as the main character of Nora was so close, so personal, that I felt her story was happening to me.

A surprising addition to my interest in feminist literature, written by a man.

In 1879.

Libby1 Thanks again, @SerialReader . This one is a new favourite. 5y
mcctrish I read this last year and I loved it 5y
saresmoore Sounds great! 5y
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Libby1 @mcctrish - did it surprise you how contemporary it felt? I can imagine it created ructions when it was first performed. 5y
Libby1 @saresmoore - a pleasant surprise, indeed. 5y
Itchyfeetreader We studied this at school and I remember being captivated 5y
Libby1 @Itchyfeetreader - I would also like to see this performed. Have you seen it? 5y
mcctrish Yes, I checked a few times to see if I was remembering the date properly. I read it on serial reader too and then I took it out from the library after I was done so I could ‘see‘ it 😂 5y
Itchyfeetreader @libby1 I have seen it - but years ago I would happily go again. I saw hedda gabler last year and would all recommend. 5y
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Libby1
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It‘s ALWAYS the Mother‘s fault.

#MisogynyMinute

TrishB Isn‘t it just!! 5y
readordierachel Can't argue with that logic 😒 5y
tournevis My friends and I always tell our kids: "Take note now. It'll be easier to talk to a therapist when you grow up." 5y
Libby1 @TrishB , @ReadOrDieRachel , @tournevis - sometimes I say to my husband after a tricky child interaction, “Well, he‘ll be talking about this with his therapist some day.” 😫 5y
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Libby1
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Tanzy13
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"I believe that, before all else, I‘m a human being, no less than you."

AmyG If only everyone believed that. 5y
Posemn Beautiful pic 5y
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SonyaBeatty
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Starting a new book on #serialreader. I'm falling way behind on my reading. 😑 It's been forever since I read a play, so hopefully this will get me going again. 🤓

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Sahresh
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Most of the dialogues felt stilted, not an enjoyable read but an interesting play - not feminist. It might have had some passively fleeting feminist scenes but mostly white feminism, if anything. I'd enjoy acting it out but it didn't for once stimulate my brain while reading instead it induced sleep. Our drama professor said "plays are to be acted not read" but Ibsen's dialogues were way too extended.

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Lcsmcat
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Nora learns that you have to #beyourself even if it turns your world inside out. #JuneTunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Sounds very soap opera(ish) 😜😂 6y
Lacythebookworm Love A Doll's House 😍👍 6y
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Hobbinol
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Seeing Laurie Metcalf & Chris Cooper in A Doll's House Part 2!

Megabooks Can I go on vacation with you next time? #lifegoals Have an amazing time! 6y
LeahBergen Ooo!! 👏🏻 6y
Hobbinol @Booksandcooks C'mon!!!😘 6y
Hobbinol @LeahBergen Laurie Metcalf was truly spectacular in this very clever play. Not only was she funny as one might expect, but she showed great range and depth. I loved it. (edited) 6y
Suet624 So fun! 6y
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cloesavannah
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Massively important to feminist literature

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AvidReader25
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A few pink book covers for #riotgrams

Reviewsbylola You have some really pretty editions in there. 6y
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Keyoung
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Riotgrams day 9: An author or character who shares my name. I'm taking some major liberties here, but this is my favorite title with my name in it. It's a Colombian movie loosely based on A Doll's House. #riotgrams @bookriot

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ephemeralwaltz
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Following up on my 2017 reading resolution to read more plays. My first Ibsen!
Solid 4/5⭐

Libby1 I love this quote. 6y
zsuzsanna_reads This quote is wonderful. 6y
Pruzy This play taught me so much about life when I was in high school! 6y
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ephemeralwaltz
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You tell 'em, Nora

Libby1 And again. I must read Ibsen. 6y
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Godmotherx5
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The Guardian had this article. We read & watched A Doll's in high school. How that story stayed with me! WARNING: the article has spoilers. https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/jan/11/a-dolls-house-by-henrik-...

Notafraidofwords One of my favorites in high school. Read it twice. 6y
Godmotherx5 @Notafraidofwords I should read it again because it's been too long. 6y
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Itisyourbiggestpretend
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I really enjoyed reading this play. It was well-written, and the characters are so much deeper than they seem at first glance.

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DAMN NORA KILL HIM

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GoneFishing
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Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls.

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Mamashep
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My first Serial read which just so happens to be one of the plays I was planning to read this month! #theplaysthething

Notafraidofwords Loved this play. I've read it twice 😀 6y
Mamashep @Notafraidofwords glad to hear it! 6y
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GoneFishing
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You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.

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I hate Torvald so much 😡

UwannaPublishme Ditto! Really enjoyed rereading this. 6y
ephemeralwaltz Currently reading! 6y
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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My first Serial completed. Also another task completed for the @bookriot #readharder challenge.

Notafraidofwords I've read this twice and have loved it both times. 6y
ErikasMindfulShelf @Notafraidofwords I really liked Nora's transformation at the end. 6y
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SerialReader
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Trending today in Serial Reader: Arriving "like a bomb" in Victorian society, Ibsen‘s play portrays the hypocrisy of marriage and celebrates individuality over the prescribed roles society hands down. "A woman cannot be herself in modern society," said Ibsen, since it is "an exclusively male society, with laws made by men."

Sydsavvy Very true back then. 6y
UwannaPublishme Recently serial-read this and loved it! Serial Reader rocks! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 6y
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