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A Doll's House

Book Review   by:squeezy     Original Author: Henrik Ibsen
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Henrik Ibsen is for me the world’s greatest playwright after William Shakespeare. All of his works are known and are very important in literary history. ”A Doll’s House” is with ”Ghosts” one of the two most important works from the naturalist period. This drama also became important because of its theme which is so important in society – the role of women. I suggest that you should see ”A Doll’s House” just for this reason. In order to understand the drama, Nora must be seen as a person, not as a woman. Henrik Ibsen said himself that he wrote not about a woman but about a person. I think that this quotation is crucial in order to understand the book’s meaning. Nora struggles for fundamental human rights – the right to think, to be a person. In the third act she says: ”,,, our home is worth no more than a playhouse. Here I have been your doll just as I was father’s child at home. And the children, they have again been my dolls.” I think that these words are the most important in the whole drama. They show what it is all about: an person’s struggle for freedom. A person who perhaps was not a person before, someone who has not lived their own life. Nora is one of the bravest people in all of Ibsen’s works. She is perhaps one of the bravest heroines when compared with Hedda Gabler who loses everything, or Helene Alving who totally lost her happiness.
”A Doll’s House” is a very tragic story and we can not know what happened after Nora lost her husband and her children. Yet we can see that she won, I believe. ”A Doll’s House” is also special because it appears to be an optimistic work. The ambivalent dilemma at the end of the book is tragic, but the reader also senses hope. Ibsen is very original but is also very realistic, it is natural therefore that “A Doll’s House” is such a good and masterly play. The are many different people in the book, all very interesting, but I always focus on Nora, because her character is the most important and is a type of symbol. She is the one who is most well-known and who gives us the most to think about. She is central because she transforms herself from a poor doll to a real person. This drama will always be really important for literary history by reason of Ibsen’s appreciation of people which was brilliant and (here a dependent clause with "which” starts here) always should help us on the way to human understanding.
Published: January 27, 2006   
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