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A Doll's House (1879), is a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on the stage. The play ushered in a new social era and "exploded like a bomb into contemporary life". 

The Student Edition contains these exclusive features:

·         A chronology of the playwright's life and

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Paperback, 122 pages
Published 2007 by Hard Press (first published 1879)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Et Dukkehjem = A Doll's House and Other Plays, Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House is a three-act play written by Norway's Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879. The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who at the time in Norway lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world.
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drama, favorites
Ibsen’s famous A Doll’s House is a landmark in the development of truly independent female heroines, rejecting the patriarchy they were socialised to accept unconditionally.

Nora, the main character, fails to make her husband understand that their perception of reality is incompatible as he keeps seeing her as a doll, acting out a pretty life for his pleasure and reputation.

In the original version, Nora shows the path to independence by opting for the uncertain future of a life lived alone and
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Sean Barrs
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Imagine what it would be like to live in a doll’s house: it's a house in which you are controlled and have no power to make any strong decisions; it's a house in which you are a play thing for someone else’s entertainment. This sounds a lot like a bad marriage, so it's a house in which your husband holds the purse strings, so to speak, and leaves you with no control over your family’s finances. Indeed, your husband keeps you on a very tight leash. Such is the perceived life of Nora Helma.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dukkehjem = A Doll House = A doll's House, Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House, is a three-act play written by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month. The play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879.
Act One: The play opens at Christmas time as Nora Helmer enters her home carrying many packages. Nora's husband Torvald is working in his study when she arrives. He playfully rebukes her for spending so much money o
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo-2016, classics
This is the story of a marriage that superficially seems happy, but a critical turn of events reveals a sham relationship.

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Torvald and Nora Helmer, who've had some financial struggles, are delighted because Torvald has gotten major promotion at the bank where he works. But Nora, behind her lightheartedness and childish behavior - encouraged, always, by Torvald, who calls her diminutive, vaguely (or sometimes explicitly) insulting names names like "my sweet tooth" and "little spendthrift" - is hid
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Brina
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, plays
I read Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House back in high school as required reading but did not grasp the scope of his masterpiece then. Ibsen penned his classic play about the story of Nora and Thorvald Helmer at a time in his life when he was coping with his former love Laura being confined to an insane asylum. In 1872 Laura married a man other than Ibsen and he fell ill with a lethal disease. Their doctors prescribed a southern climate but Laura did not have funds to move her husband to such a clima ...more
Chelsea
Jun 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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David
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
First things first. Nora, the protagonist of Ibsen's A Doll's House, is a twit. There's no getting around it. We may choose to assign blame for her twittishness to her husband, her milieu, or her era, but this will never adequately mitigate her essential twit nature to that reader or spectator of the play who must endure her self-identification as her husband's 'squirrel' or her childlike idiocy. I myself couldn't stop wondering if Nora is an actual twit (i.e., a twit absolutely, regardless of h ...more
stephanie
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, drama
oh, nora. you are much maligned, and yet. i wonder why people find you so much more annoying than emma bovary, etc.

i think there's so much about this play as a historical document that i appreciate and enjoy and love that sometimes i forget it's supposed to be a PLAY.

that said, i don't think nora was *supposed* to be entirely sympathetic. i think her annoying behaviors are supposed to get on your nerves - but somewhere, i think, Ibsen hoped that you would see the way she acts is not simply who
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Carlie
May 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Lyn
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
A Doll’s House by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is alike with Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in that it may more often than not be misinterpreted.

First published in 1879, the play tells the story of Nora Helmer and her marriage to Torvald Helmer. But the play also depicts two other female characters and between the three Ibsen has composed a female triumvirate of the European nineteenth century Everywoman. Along with Nora are Kristine and Anne Marie, who Ibsen has displayed as a fema
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PattyMacDotComma
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5★
“HELMER: ‘You can’t deny it, little Nora, now can you?’ [Putting an arm around her waist] ‘It’s a sweet little bird, but it gets through a terrible amount of money. You wouldn’t believe how much it costs a man when he’s got a little song bird like you!’

NORA: ‘Oh, how can you say that? I really do save all I can.’

HELMER [laughing]:‘Yes, that’s very true “all you can”. But the thing is, you CAN'T!’

NORA [nodding and smiling happily] ‘Ah, if you only knew what expenses we skylarks and squirrels
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David Schaafsma
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
“HELMER: But this is disgraceful. Is this the way you neglect your most sacred duties?

NORA: What do you consider is my most sacred duty?

HELMER: Do I have to tell you that? Isn't it your duty to your husband and children?

NORA: I have another duty, just as sacred.

HELMER: You can't have. What duty do you mean?

NORA: My duty to myself.”

The Doll’s House is an 1879 masterpiece play about Nora Helmer, married to Torvald; Nora is treated, as she herself observes, as her husband’s little pampered doll, in
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Helga
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, play
“It is so marvelous to live and be happy.”

I have a confession to make. I always thought A Doll’s House was a children’s story. How wrong was I! So much to learn…so much to learn…

A Doll’s House is a controversial three-act play about the self-discovery of one woman who goes against conventions and rules of a man-made society.
Nora is a married woman, who does everything to make her husband and children happy and content. She is supposed to dress up and look pretty. She is referred to by her husba
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Duane
Ibsen claimed he wasn't denouncing 19th century marriage norms with this play, he was just "describing humanity". I take that to mean he thinks these kinds of things, like wives leaving their husbands, happened everyday. In fact they probably did, or even worse, especially in literature, if Tolstoy's Anna or Flaubert's Emma can be used as examples. Whatever Ibsen's intent, the play had an impact, and it's success has helped solidify his position as one of the worlds best playwrights.
Piyangie
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant play by Henrik Ibsen which is also my first introduction to the author. The play mainly revolves around the theme of a woman's place in society as opposed to the woman's right of independence and individuality.

Nora Helmer, the main protagonist, has a secret to conceal from her conservative husband. This secret is a cause of action that has been taken by her which is although partly a crime, has been done in good faith and to the advantage of her family at a difficult time. Ho
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Shaindel
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women, men, citizens of eart over age 22-23?
I read this in college (of course) and didn't "get it" until I taught it a few years ago when I took over an Introduction to Drama as Literature course for another instructor. Wow, Ibsen understood how stifling marriage was for women in this era and how hypocritical men were. I would go into more detail but don't want to drop a "spoiler." A must-read, a classic, but I don't know at what age most readers will get it. This is why I think you should be required to have the practice marriage that do ...more
Shriya
You'll ask me, "Why five stars?"
I'll answer, "Why not?" even though I felt like docking off one at first. Well, the reason is Nora and the last few dialogues of the play and probably my obsession with feminism (thanks to Ms. Atwood!)
The play overwhelmed me so much that I am now ready to disagree with anyone who has anything to say against Nora and hit all those who call Ibsen a destroyer of domestic felicity. All I have to say is if you want to know why they call Ibsen "the father of pro
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Mariel
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Barbie make me pretty
Recommended to Mariel by: the establishment
Helmer: Just think how a guilty man like that has to lie and play the hypocrite with every one, how he has to wear a mask in the presence of those near and dear to him, even before his own wife and children. And about the children- that is the most terrible part of it all, Nora.
Nora: How?
Helmer: Because such an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of a home. Each breath the children take in such a house is full of the germs of evil.
Nora (coming nearer him): Are you sure of that
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emma
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
3.25/5

i respect this play for how badass it was for its time, and i think everyone should read it at some point or another. (it has a lot to say about nineteenth century female oppression/gender roles/etc.) but the execution can be grating and come off as unrealistic, and ibsen's idea of men and women having separate, gendered moral compasses doesn't fully sit well with me. (he thought of western law being male, and it's unfair for women to have to live like men. sweeping generalizations about g
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Hend
Nora a woman who comes to understand that her marriage wasnt as she supposed it to be , an illusion, and that her husband is a very different person from she once believed him to be..when he cant undergo one of the hardships in their life for her sake ....

She leaves her husband and her children because she feels it is for their benefit..
her husband accused her of being a "child-wife"she feels that he was right, that she is a child who knows nothing of the world. Since she knows so little about
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Sandy
A doll's house. What image comes to mind when you hear those words? A "perfect" family? A peaceful, innocent domestic situation? Friends dropping in? Preparations for a holiday celebration? Play-time! Yes, Nora and Torvald seem to have the perfect life. Certainly, they have weathered some challenges in life but they have survived. Here we see them with a lovely home, two servants, three playful children, friends, and enough money to celebrate Christmas in the traditional way.

Nora plays with the
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Lucy Banks
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUCH an important book (or play, if we're being precise).

I love Ibsen's plays, not least for their disarming honesty and commentary on human nature (I'm a particular sucker for The Master Builder!) - and A Doll's House is an extraordinary feat of achievement, given that it was written in the late 19th century... and we all know how women were perceived back then...

Nora's triumphant break-through, from vacuous housewife to fierce, independent woman, is a joy to read; not least because it was al
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
My first read for the Books and Chocolate (blog) Back to the Classics challenge - a play, to fulfill this item:
12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only.

The play premiered in Copenhagen in 1879. Ibsen was asked to write an additional ending for German audiences, one that ends more wretchedly and punishing for the woman.

The play is set in a small Norwegian town in 1879, and takes place entirely inside a house. Technically th
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Lisa N
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jonfaith
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our home has been nothing but a playroom.


What a wonderful surprise! I didn't expect to be so moved. The honesty is scalding. My reading as of late has focused on language: an exploration of poetics and the resonance of such. Ibsen acted as a sort of antithesis to that approach and the experience was all the more satisfying. Remarkably modern, We find Nora a wife and mother—who out of interest for her husband she has blurred the lines of propriety. This incident bobs to the surface the trials in
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Connie G
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: play, classic
Written in 1879, "A Doll's House" was a very modern look at marriage for its time. The play's name comes from the way Nora is treated like a doll or a young child by Torvald, her domineering husband. Nora has a problem since she had secretly forged a note for a loan to finance a trip to a warm climate when her husband was seriously ill. Although Nora seems flighty and silly at the beginning of the play, one senses that she is acting that way partly to please and manipulate her husband. She has i ...more
Chrissie
I will reread this. I want to see if:

-I will still think it worth five stars.
-I enjoy Audible dramatizations.

It is an Audible Daily Deal today (2016-03-30), so it only costs 99 cents.

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I did like this a lot, the second time around. I have given it four stars. There were lines that I objected to, that I thought could have been improved. I loved the denouement. I loved when at the end Nora lets Torvald “have it”. She talks and talks and tries to explain, for the first time after eight ye
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Helly
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant tale following the pretentious marital life of Nora and Helmer. How foolishly we are conditioned to accept patriarchy as the norm! How foolish we all are. This book, or play, awakens the reader's sleeping conscience - alongside Nora's.

HELMER: But this is disgraceful. Is this the way you neglect your most sacred duties?

NORA: What do you consider is my most sacred duty?

HELMER: Do I have to tell you that? Isn't it your duty to your husband and children?

NORA: I have another duty, just as
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Emma
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays-and-poetry
Nora Helmer is inspiring and brave. This is my favourite Ibsen.
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Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.

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“HELMER: But this is disgraceful. Is this the way you neglect your most sacred duties?

NORA: What do you consider is my most sacred duty?

HELMER: Do I have to tell you that? Isn't it your duty to your husband and children?

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