A Doll's House
A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Marriage

The main message of A Doll's House seems to be that a true marriage is a joining of equals. The play centers on the dissolution of a marriage that doesn't meet these standards. At first the Helmers...

Women and Femininity

Nora of A Doll's House has often been painted as one of modern drama's first feminist heroines. Over the course of the play, she breaks away from the domination of her overbearing husband, Torvald....

Men and Masculinity

The men of A Doll's House are in many ways just as trapped by traditional gender roles as the women (Torvald Helmer being the chief example). The men must be providers. They must bear the burden of...

The Home

When a play is called A Doll's House, chances are that home might be a prevalent theme. Early on in the text, the home is seen as a thing of joy, a place of comfort and shelter. The idea of home is...

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...

Love

There is much talk of love in A Doll's House, but in the end, the Helmers discover that true love never existed between them. Throughout the play we hear of and see many different forms of love: fa...

Lies and Deceit

The essential tension, running throughout A Doll's House comes from Nora's fear of a secret being discovered. Her absolute terror of this revelation leads her to tell lie after lie. When her web of...

Money

Early in A Doll's House, the characters spend a good deal of time talking about their finances. Some are on the upswing, with the promise of free flowing cash in the future. Others are struggling t...

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