A Dolls House and the Well Made Play

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Discuss the relation of Ibsens' early realist dramas to the piece bien faite.

Henrik Ibsen is considered by many as one of the greatest contributors to modern theatre. However for the majority of his life he lived as a failure. He lived through poverty, scandal and rejection from society. The theatre he had run, the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen had closed, and none of his plays were a success. It was during his time as director there however, that he absorbed techniques that unexpectedly proved vital to his career. His own plays he performed there were failures, and as such he was forced to produce plays he considered mindless and of little importance, such as the comedies of Eugene Scribe. These plays were written using his formula for the "piece-bien faite . In this essay I will be discussing how Ibsen drew from this formula and adapted it into something far greater than the sum of it's parts. For the purposes of this essay I will be discussing "A Doll's House , probably Ibsen's best known work.

The term "piece bien faite  was coined by Eugene Scribe to articulate the formula he devised for the writing of a well made play. These manufactured plays were wri

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