53 pages 1 hour read

Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1879

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Essay Topics


Examine the pet names Torvald uses for Nora, like “skylark” and “squirrel.” What do these names say about how Torvald sees Nora? Why might Ibsen have chosen these particular nicknames?


There are three women in this story: Nora, Kristine, and Anne Marie. What do their different experiences say about the pressures women faced at the end of the 19th century?


Every scene in the play takes place in the living room of Torvald and Nora’s house. Why do you think Ibsen chose to confine the action to this single room?