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A Doll's House

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A Doll's House is Henrik Ibsen's best-known play. This masterpiece created quite a stir when it was first released because of its feminist stance. Considered by many to be the first truly feminist play ever written. The play comes to a climax as Nora, the play's protagonist, rejects her marriage and her smothering life in a man's "dollhouse." Wonderfully written, a true cl ...more
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Published August 14th 2008 by SMK Books (first published 1879)
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Petite Clementine I don't believe this book can easily be classified as a complete, straightforward tragedy, but its realism indicates that the supposed ending won't…moreI don't believe this book can easily be classified as a complete, straightforward tragedy, but its realism indicates that the supposed ending won't end with the reunion or remarriage of Nora and Torvald. By its very nature, this is tragic; Nora and Torvald loved each other for eight years, all children need their mothers, and so on with all the other pitfalls that arise from Nora leaving Torvald. Furthermore, that such a sham of marriage occurred for so long is also quite pitiable. Nora is often a deceptive person (she lies over the simplest things only to avoid confrontation), and Torvald can most succinctly be characterized as patronizing and inane. Nora is wholly dependent on Torvald; she knows how to do, literally, nothing. Torvald, in turn, feels that a woman's role is to beautify the home, and basically act as a trophy wife. As Nora proclaims around the end of the play, they never truly had a serious discussion. Their marriage was centered on pretty spurious ideals, and not on love itself. This, in itself, is a tragedy.

Of course, this is simply my take on the so-called tragic aspect of the story, and I may be completely wrong. Hopefully I was able to help though! :)(less)
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Huda Yahya


تعبت الدمية
تعبت من الخيوط تحرك رأسها وذراعيها
وتجبر قدميها على السير في طريق لا تبتغيه

تعبت الدمية من الزينة ومن المنزل الملون بالزيف
ومن السند المائل
ومن التقاليد السخيفة
ومن واجبات وقيود أشد سخافة

قررت نورا أن تذهب
لأجل نفسها
لأجل هذا الشيء الذي كان عليها أن ترضيه لتستطيع أن تعيش

لأنها في الحقيقة من لحم ودم وأعصاب وأسلاك عقلها تعمل تماما مثلها مثل أي ذكر فرضت عليها الدنيا أن توقره لمجرد أنه يحمل اسم رجل

نورا ليست بدمية
فكان عليها أن تترك بيت الدمى
وتتنفس للمرة الأولى

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نورا : لست أبالي بما يقول
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Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, drama
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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Bookdragon Sean
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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Chelsea
Jun 28, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Πεντάστερο. Επειδή κοντά διακόσια χρονια πριν ο Ίψεν μας φανερώνει με το γραπτό του την αυτογνωσία,την ελεύθερη βούληση, την ανεξαρτησία, την ανιδιοτέλεια και την αγάπη, όχι μόνο μέσα απο μια γυναίκα όμορφη και άβουλη σαν κούκλα,μα και μέσα απο την ίδια την ανθρώπινη ύπαρξη.

Η Νόρα είναι μια όμορφη νέα γυναίκα σύζυγος και μητέρα η οποία ζει και αγωνίζεται για την ευτυχία -πρωτίστως των άλλων- την οικογενειακή θαλπωρή, την απόλυτη φροντίδα και ικανοποίηση των παιδιών και του συζύγου της. Είναι υπ
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Brina
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
David
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is the story of a marriage that superficially seems happy, but a critical turn of events reveals what a sham their relationship is.

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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 spend
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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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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.
Carlie
May 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shaindel
Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mariel
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Scarlet Cameo
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rc-16
English review at the bottom

El idilico retrato de un matrimonio del siglo XIX es el escenario de esta obra que lleva a la relflexión del papel del hombre y la mujer en la sociedad. En una relación común para la época tenemos a Nora, una sumisa, compaciente y perfecta esposa, que acata cada capricho de Torvaldo, el recto, sabio y proveedor esposo, esté último tiene un sentido de la moral, la responsabilidad y el orgullo que(hoy día) podríamos considerar chocante aunque en 1879 era el común. Pero,
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Lucy Banks
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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FeReSHte
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All undoubtedly
Shelves: play, feminism, sweden
از بهترین هایی بود که خوندم..داستان پرکشش با شخصیت های کار شده و دوست داشتنی و پیام های پنهان و سوالاتی که مکررا در ذهن ایجاد می کرد و امان از پرده سوم ماجرا

نمایشنامه خانه عروسک از زمان انتشارش، انتقادات زیادی رو برای خودش به ارمغان آورد. ایبسن با این نمایشنامه پیام هایی رو به خواننده منتقل می کنه که تاب آوردنش برای سال 1879 قابل تصور نیست. نورا و هلمر با دو بچه زندگی عاشقانه ای رو می گذرونند. هلمر ظاهرا عاشق نوراست ولی نه ما و نه حتی خود نورا نمی دونیم واکنش مرد داستان بعد از برملا شدن راز نورا
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حماس

بيت الدمية


من الدمية؟؟
إن الدمية هى تلك الفتاة
عاشت أولًا مع أبيها فلم تسمع سوى أفكاره وآراءه
وتخاف أن تقول له رأيًا مختلفًا
فاكتسبت كل آرائه ومعتقداته

ثم انتقلت لبيت زوجها
فلم يختلف الأمر كثيرًا عن كونها تابعة له
عاملها معاملة حسنة طوال 8 سنوات
لكنهما لم يحاولا فهم بعضهما قط

وهكذا فإن بطلة المسرحية تشعر وكأنها دمية
لا هدف منها إلا تسلية أبيها ثم زوجها
حتى أطفالها لا تربيهم بقدر ما تربيهم المربية


فما القصة؟

القصة أن فتاتنا قررت أن يكون لها شأن
أن لا يعدو وجودها فى الحياة كوجود دمية

فاستغلت فرصة كان زوجها مريضًا
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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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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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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, فلسفة
مرت سنتان تقريبا منذ قرأت هذه المسرحية لأول مرة. أنهيتها كاملة وأنا جالس بكافيتيريا ملحقة ببنزينة في أحد ضواحي المدينة، ولم يكن لدي الكثير لأقوله حينها، أما الآن فلدي الكثير لأحكيه لكم.

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في لحظة تهور خاطفة معتمدا على ما بيننا من عشم، سألتها عما تعتقده في زميلتنا التي ستتزوج قريبا. "هل ستكمل عملها بعد الزواج؟". تفرست ببطيء في ملامحي لمحاولة تبين إن كنت أمزح أو أنني سأكمل بما يجعل حديثي مفهوما، ثم زفرت يائسة من محاولة فهمي. "وهي هتحتاج تشتغل ليه يا بني، ما هي هتتجوز خلاص! ايه؟". ايه؟ بماذا أجيبها
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Mnemosyne
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma peça em três actos. Os dois primeiros li-os a um ritmo normal, intrigada mas sem especial emoção. A meio do terceiro acto, o palco vibra e o tempo altera-se; como uma cena em câmara lenta vi e senti, de coração apertado, as últimas dezasseis páginas: Nora já não é uma "boneca"; Nora é uma mulher viva.

Creio que, actualmente, o final desta peça já não choque (muito) todos os espectadores/leitores, como aconteceu nos finais do século XIX, mas a situação retratada não é, de forma alguma, obsole
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emma
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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Connie
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, play, spring-2017
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
Lisa N
Oct 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Gorgona Grim
Ibzenova "Kuća za lutke" najbolji je primer građanske drame koju odlikuje nekoliko karakteristika. Radnja ovakve drame počiva na principima uzročnosti, dok se likovi pokoravaju psihologiji i principu logičnosti. Ujedno, likovi su predstavljeni kao pripadnici srednjeg staleža i na dosledan način dočaravaju predvidivost ponašanja tog doba. Mesto odvijanja građanske drame je uvek salon kao mesto u kojem se spajaju javno i privatno i gde žena gospodari. Najčešće su tu veliki prozori koji gledaju na ...more
Sophie
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Κοινωνική κριτική με βάση της τη δυναμική των ζευγαριών, τα χρήματα και τη δύναμη που φέρνουν, τη θέση της γυναίκας, τα καθήκοντα και τις υποχρεώσεις της απέναντι στην κοινωνία, αλλά και απέναντι στο σύζυγό της.

Με την παράλληλη ανάγνωση των Βρικολάκων και του Κουκλόσπιτου οι ομοιότητες ήταν περισσότερο πρόδηλες, τα μοτίβα συνεχίζονται· τόσο η αντιμετώπιση από την πλευρά της γυναίκας των ηθών της πατριαρχικής κοινωνίας όσο και η απεικόνιση των ρόλων που η ίδια η κοινωνία υποβάλλει στη γυναίκα.
David
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this play to be incredibly moving. Nora, a cheerful and devoted wife, eventually finds herself questioning the validity of her marriage and the man she thought of as her husband.

It was interesting to see how both Nora and her husband handled a crisis under pressure. Nora acted independently of her husband in order to save his life, while her husband responds selfishly and ungratefully when faced with the revelation of Nora's act.

Nora proved very moving in her realization that the man she
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Megan Baxter
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long while since I've read any Ibsen (and Hedda Gabler was the work of choice in the drama classes I took.)

It's hard to review plays - I read quickly, but I purposely try to stretch books over multiple days so that they have time to sink into my long-term memory. I read this at a gulp.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at
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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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“You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me.” 260 likes
“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.”
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