Henrik Ibsen Essay Topics

Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House is about “domestic politics” (Hurwitt, 2004, p. D-2).  Ibsen created a seemingly perfect atmosphere, enough to make one believe that marital bliss exists in such a setting.  As Hurwitt (2004) narrates, “the whole household contributes to the impression of marital bliss” (p. D-2). However, as the play progressed, it… View Article

A Double Standard in “A Doll’s House”

In today’s society, all are taught the social structure that is meant to be followed and not changed; yet, are also taught to stand up for something if enough belief is put into it- a double standard by most accounts. Such standards exist in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Set in the… View Article

A Doll’s House: Characterization and Symbolism

“A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a play that incorporates the use of characterization and symbols to capture the audience’s attention to show ordinary life of a middle-class family. Social status is the most important characterization tool in A Doll’s House. Most every character is strictly bound into the roles that are placed on… View Article

A Dolls House, Drama Analysis, Realism and Naturalism

Nora Helmer frolics about in the first act, behaves desperately in the second, and gains a stark sense of reality during the finale of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Ibsen was one of a few pioneers of the new theatrical movement of realism, and accordingly he is often called the father of modern drama. The… View Article

Supporting Notes

The practitioner we were most inspired by was Katie Mitchell. The crucial idea behind Katie Mitchell is that of Stanislavsky, naturalistic but with a contemporary twist. We chose to explore an extract from Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Being, a naturalistic play, we thought that by using Katie Mitchell as our practitioner, we would be… View Article

A Doll’s House

Nora will do anything to please her authoritarian husband Torvald. Per Torvald’s instructions, Nora focuses on such womanly disciplines as dancing and taking care of babies, while he sees to all the affairs of money. But when a past financial mistake comes back to haunt Nora and Torvald finds out, the result is an explosion… View Article

Hedda Gabler

In today’s society we have the privilege of doing as much as we can in order to succeed in life or provide for one self. Hedda Gabler sadly did not have this privilege and neither did any other women throughout the 1800s. The roles for gender, both man and women were set in stone. The… View Article

Life Changing Decisions

Many women in modern society make life altering decisions on a daily basis. Women today have prestigious and powerful careers unlike in earlier eras. It is more common for women to be full time employees than homemakers. In 1879, when Henrik Ibsen wrote “A Doll’s House”, there was great controversy over the outcome of the… View Article

Themes of a Doll House

In Henrik Ibsen controversial play A Doll House there are many themes that are intertwined into the story of Nora, Torvald Helmer and Krogstad. Themes that if not looked for in a complex play as this would be over looked. These themes are the sacrificial role of a woman, gender, and the unreliability of appearance…. View Article

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll’s House is the most famous work of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It has been staged throughout the world since way back until now, one and a half century later. However, few plays have had a similar impact globally on social norms and conditions (UNESCO, 2008). Ibsen introduces a play that is adequate in… View Article

Dramatist Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Johan Ibsen was a modern realistic dramatist. He is though of, by many authors and playwrights as the “father of modern drama”. Ibsen was considered a great national treasure by the Norwegians. Henrik Ibsen wrote many controversial plays which dealt with gender discrimination. The plays highlighted the struggles Victorian women went through to find… View Article

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Reading the Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen makes you want to discern what entirely wives can afford to sacrifice for their families just to be good mothers and perfect wives for their husbands. This is the story of a woman who have succumbed to life’s realities which tell us that sometimes being a mother and… View Article

A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen’s in one of his most revolutionary plays, A Doll’s House, filled his set and narrative with symbols that emphasised the idea that above everything, one must be an individual. Doors, macaroons and the tarantella are all symbols that are used by Ibsen to convey to the audience that the life of Nora and… View Article

Comparison of Nora (A Doll’s House) and Mrs.Alving (Ghosts)

Nora and Mrs. Alving are two main characters in Ibsen’s plays. They are similar in some ways, but obviously they are both uniquely diverse. They play many of the same roles in their plays, and are probably the most similar two characters between “Ghosts” and “A Doll’s House.” Nora is a unique character, a kind… View Article

Existentialist traits in works of Henrik Ibsen

Existentialism is a major twentieth century continental European philosophical movement. The label was inspired by the tendency of some of the writers like Kierkegaard, Heidegger , Sartre and Nietzsche to use the term “existence” for a kind of being or life unique, in their view, to human beings. Only in the case of human beings… View Article