Historical background

Norwegian society in the 19th century

Henrik Ibsen's play A Doll's House reflects the profound changes in Norwegian society in the 19th century caused by the Industrial Revolution and the general economic boom. Many families at that time abandoned rural life and moved to the city to find a job. 

The classic division within the family, in which the woman was responsible for the household and the man for making ends meet can no longer be applied to the current context. In the play, for example, Christine deliberately comes to the city because it is the only place she can hope to find a good job: "That was why I could not stand the life in my little backwater any longer. I hope it may be easier here to find something which will busy me and occupy my thoughts." (Act 1, 32%).

One sign of the changes in Norwegian society is, among other things, the ever-increasing influence of capital city. The author was a...

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