A Doll's House
A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
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A Doll's House Theme of Respect and Reputation

The men of A Doll's House are obsessed with their reputation. Some have good standing in their communities and will do anything to keep it, others have lost their good name and will do anything to get it back. Though the play is set in the living room of a private residence, the public eye is constantly peeking through the curtains.

Questions About Respect and Reputation

  1. Why is scandal so scary for Torvald?
  2. What methods does Krogstad use to try and regain his reputation?
  3. Does Dr. Rank seem concerned with reputation in any way? Why or why not?
  4. In what ways do the women in the play demonstrate concern or lack of concern for their reputations?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Maintaining the respect of the community seems to be closely tied into maintaining the community's prescribed gender roles.

Krogstad and Torvald are both driven by fear of unfavorable public opinion.

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