Henrik Ibsen’s drama A Doll's House is an analytical, three-act drama that follows a clear structure. The physical and time setting of the action will be closely examined and discussed. T he physical setting is especially notable, as the entire action takes place in the Helmer family's apartment.
The language of the characters offers important information about them. The way people speak to Nora, for example, makes it clear that she is not taken seriously. At important points in the plot, Nora’s monologues offer her thoughts and fears, which arise as a result of Krogstad's blackmail.
Our analysis also goes into the various symbols and leitmotifs: dolls, costumes, masks, the Christmas feast, and the promissory note. Likewise, we look at the nicknames Nora’s husband uses, which highlight her role and Torvald’s opinion of her.
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