Henrik Ibsen's "A Dolls House" is one of his best known plays. He is known to create theater that explores social issues in an entertaining way. In "A Dolls House", Ibsen takes a look at the role of women in the late 1800's. When it first opened, people became outraged. Instead of the play being wrapped up nice and neat by the end, it leaves you wanting more and wondering what is going to happen next.
Over the course of this paper, we will take a look at the structure of the play by looking at the six elements Aristotle thought were the most important in any play; plot, characters, theme, diction, music, spectacle, and convention. We will also take a look at the seventh element of convention and how it works itself into the play to makes the play come to life. .
As we begin the play, we see Nora coming in to the house with packages from her day of Christmas shopping. There is a general sense of happiness. Nora seems to be full of life and reminds you of a child by her clothes and her giddiness.
Soon after returning home, Nora is met by her husband, Torvald. Torvald has recently received a promotion at the bank, which will allow the Helmer family to be able to afford some of the finer things in life. Torvald sees the boxes and reminds Nora that his new job does not start for a while and that she should be thriftier with her spending. From the beginning, Torvald comes across as a man that demands obedience and commands authority.
Torvald talks down to Nora and treats her as a child. The relationship can be summed up as a father daughter relationship rather than a husband and wife relationship. .
Mrs. Linde, a friend from Nora's past, hears about the Helmer's good news and comes to town to ask Nora to speak to her husband about a job. Nora agrees to see what she can do. Nora and Mrs. Linde spend some time catching up on the past; exchanging stories of what has happened to each of them since they last saw one another.