Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Act 3

In Act 3 of the play Nora found what was best for her. When Nora's husband found out about the fraud she did he thought that she ended his life and career, but Krogsatd didn't press charges.He gave them back the bond and said forget about the whole situation. After Nora's husband found out about the whole situation he started to call her names and told her how she needs him. When Nora realized how bad her husband, Mr.Helmer has changed she decides that she wants to leave him. She realizes that she doesn't need him because she is being treated the same way as she was in her papas' house. Now that Nora wants to leave he tries to tell her no and that she is the right place. But Nora see's herself as an independent women. Not only do she want to leave her husband but she wants to leave her kids as well. The main reason why Nora chooses to leave is beacuse her husband is treating like some kind of doll. That was the reason why she left her papa's house because he was treating her like a little doll. So in her position she is asking herself why would I want to be in the same position as i was before? She understands that she has children but she just can't take it anymore. Nora needs some time and space before she ever thinks about coming back.

Friday, May 15, 2009


A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Main Characters
Torvald Helmer - He is a lawyer who has been promoted to manager in the bank.
Nora - She is Torvald’s wife who is treated like a child by Torvald’s but leaves in the end because of it.
Krogstad - He is the man Nora borrowed money from to pay for the trip to Italy.
Dr. Rank - He is an admirer of Nora who has spinal TB and announces his death at the end of the play.
Minor Characters
Christine Linde - She is an old friend of Nora who comes to Nora and asks her to ask her husband for a job.
The children - Nora plays with her children and treats them like dolls.
Helmer’s Apartment - The entire play takes place at the apartment
Torvald’s study - a door leads from the stage into an imaginary room which is Torvald’s study where some off-stage action takes place.
Ballroom - This is where Nora danced the Tarantella.
The story starts on Christmas eve. Nora makes preparation for Christmas. While she eats macaroons, Dr. Rank and Mrs. Linde enters. Rank goes to speak with Torvald while Linde speaks with Nora. Linde explains that her husband has died and that she needs to find a job. Nora agrees to ask her husband to give Linde a job at the bank. Nora tells her about borrowing money to pay for the trip to Italy for her and her husband. She explains that Torvald doesn’t know that she paid for it. Rank leaves the study and begins to speak with Nora and Linde. He complains about the moral corruption in society. Krogstad arrives and goes to the study to talk to Torvald about keeping his job. A few minutes later, he leaves and Rank comments that Krogstad is one of the most morally corrupt people in the world. Rank and Linde leaves and Krogstad reenters. He tells Nora to ask her husband to keep Krogstad, or else he will reveal Nora’s crime of forgery. Krogstad leaves and when Torvald reenters, Nora asks him not to fire Krogstad. Torvald says that he must fire him because of his dishonesty and because he gave Krogstad’s job to Linde. Torvald returns to his study. The Nurse, Anne-Marie, enters and gives Nora her ball gown. Anne-Marie explains that she had to leave her children to take the job taking care of Nora. Anne-Marie leaves. Linde returns and begins to help Nora with stitching up her dress. They talk for a while about Dr. Rank. Torvald enters and Linde leaves to the nursery. Nora asks Torvald again not to fire Krogstad and Torvald refuses. He gives Krogstad’s pink slip to the maid to be mailed to Krogstad. Torvald leaves to his study. Rank enters and tells Nora about his worsening illness. They talk and flirt for a while. Rank tells Nora that he loves her. Nora said that she never loved Rank and only had fun with him. Rank leaves to the study and Krogstad enters. He is angry about his dismissal and leaves a letter to Torvald explaining Nora’s entire crime in the letter box. Nora is frightened. Nora tells Linde about the matter and Linde assures her that she will talk to Krogstad and set things straight. Linde leaves after Krogstad and Rank and Torvald enter from the study. They help Nora practice the tarantella. After practice, Rank and Torvald exists. Linde enters and tells Nora that Krogstad left town, but she left a note for him. Nora tells her that she’s waiting for a miracle to happen. That night, during the dance, Linde talks to Krogstad in Helmer’s apartment. She explains to him that she left him for money, but that she still loves him. They get back together and Krogstad decides to forget about the whole matter of Nora’s borrowing money. However, Linde asks Krogstad not to ask for his letter back since she thinks Torvald needs to know of it. Both leave and Torvald and Nora enter from the dance. Torvald checks his letter box and finds some letters and two Business cards from Dr. Rank with black crosses on them. Nora explains that they mean that Rank is announcing his death. After the bad news, Torvald enters his study and Nora prepares to leave. However, before she can get out the door, she is stopped by Torvald who read Krogstad’s letter. He is angry and disavows his love for Nora. The maid comes with a letter. Torvald read the letter which is from Krogstad. It says that he forgives Nora of her crime and will not reveal it. Torvald burns the letter along with the IOU that came with it. He is happy and tells Nora that everything will return to normal. Nora changes and returns to talk with Helmer. She tells him that they don’t understand each other and she leaves him.
black hat and black cross - symbolizes death
Fisher girl costume - symbolizes Nora’s pretending to enjoy her life.
Italy - symbolizes the good false image of Nora’s life.
Norway - symbolizes reality.
Doll House - symbolizes the tendency of the characters to play roles.
Toys - symbolizes the act of pushing the roles onto Nora’s children.
Macaroons - symbolizes Nora’s deceit to her husband.
Tarantella - symbolizes Nora’s agitation at her struggle with Krogstad and with her husband.
Christmas tree - symbolizes the mood of the play.
Stockings - symbolizes Nora’s attitude trying to please men and her flirting with Rank.
Letter box and letter - symbolizes a trap for Nora and the cause of her demise.
embroidery - symbolizes the stereotypes pressed on woman.
ring - symbolizes the marriage, and the end of it.
skylark - symbolizes the way that Torvald treats Nora like a child.

The Author "Henrik Ibsen"

Henrik Ibsen was born on March 20,1828 in Norwegian village of Skien. He went to the University of Christiania. As a little child he suffered a fall from fortune at the age of eight, when his father lost nearly all of his property. In 1850 Ibsen's first play, Kaempehöjen ("The Warrior's Hill"), was brought before the public. He died on May 23, 1906 in Christiania when he waz 9 years old. He was a man of striking appearance notwithstanding his shortness of stature.